Maureen Carter is creator of the critically acclaimed DS Bev Morriss crime novels and also writes a police series featuring two female protagonists. Sarah Quinn's a play-it-by-the-book DI; Caroline King's a TV reporter whose rule book is . . . adaptable.
Carter’s currently working on the fifth DI Quinn mystery due out late 2015, but before that - DRUM ROLL - the first Bev Morriss title for four years was published in December 2014. Bev makes her comeback in GRAVE AFFAIRS. More details below and for the cover and blurb hit NEWS. There's a link there as well to an article I wrote about bringing Bev back in from the cold plus another link to an interview in which I talk about the writing process in more detail.
The Bev Morriss crime series has been optioned for TV and film. More news on this as I have it!
First . . .
WHAT CRITICS AND WRITERS SAY ON CARTER
MAUREEN CARTER IS A WRITER OF REAL CLASS . . . IF THERE
WAS ANY JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD, SHE'D BE AS FAMOUS AS IAN
Sharon Wheeler, Reviewing the Evidence.
CRIME WRITING AND CRIME FIGHTING: MAUREEN CARTER AND HER
CREATION BEV MORRISS ARE THE SECOND CITY'S FINEST.
FANS OF CAROL O’CONNELL AND DENISE MINA SHOULD CHECK
OUT THE EQUALLY TALENTED MAUREEN CARTER.
CARTER, AN EXCELLENT STORYTELLER, SPRINGS A COUPLE OF JEFFREY
DEAVER-WORTHY SURPRISES . . .
IF YOU LIKE YOUR CRIME WRITING HOT, HARD AND HECTIC - GET
CARTER EXCELS AT TWISTY, PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE.
AND CARTER ON HERSELF
Hold the front page, stop press, reports are coming in . . . I'm delighted to let you know that after a four year break, Birmingham cop DS Bev Morriss is back - in more ways than one!
As well as the new e-book – GRAVE AFFAIRS – two earlier Bev Morriss titles are now available in different formats. DEAD OLD is out on audio and there's CD of WORKING GIRLS. All three were published in December 2014. I’m calling it a hat trick!
While Bev took a break, DI Sarah Quinn and TV journalist Caroline King kept me busy – and they still are. I’m currently writing NEXT OF KIN due out in 2015. The books combine two of my passions: crime fiction and journalism.
To find out more, hit the DI QUINN link.
As for Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss, she made her crime fiction debut in 2004 in WORKING GIRLS and now features in seven further titles: DEAD OLD, BABY LOVE, HARD TIME, BAD PRESS, BLOOD MONEY, DEATH LINE and GRAVE AFFAIRS.
I saw her then – and see her now – as a welcome contrast to all the emotionally-stunted, middle-aged male cops with a drink problem and/or a broken marriage. Equal parts engaging and infuriating, Bev’s main feature – pun intended – is her mouth: she’s lippy and then some.
Thanks to my e-publisher Creative Content, Bev can also be heard in fine voice and full flow. CC’s not only re-branded the entire series but is also bringing out audio versions.
WORKING GIRLS - read brilliantly by Frances Barber - is already available to download and the CD version has just been published. Here's a link to an interview in which Frances and I talk about the recording.
DEAD OLD - now available to download - is narrated by the wonderful Clare Corbett. I went along to the studio to hear some of the recording. Fascinating. Moving. Exciting. A real thrill to hear Clare bring Bev, Byford, Oz et al to life.
Clare Corbett has also narrated Baby Love, the third in the Bev series and this will be available from June 2015. This link will take you to a sneaky preview.
For more information on the e-titles and my digital publisher visit:
For more on Bev and the books, hit the BEV MORRISS link.
BEFORE THAT, HERE'S MORE FROM THE CRITICS
When DEATH LINE appeared in the States, Booklist's David Pitt wrote:
Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss is quickly becoming one of the most interesting characters in British crime fiction.
As good as Carter is, it may be hard for her to top this one.
The Library Journal awarded A QUESTION OF DESPAIR a starred review and wrote: . . . this story won't soon leave you.
HARD TIME was named as one of 2007’s Best Paperback Originals by Deadly Pleasures magazine where it was described as, 'British hard-boiled crime at its best'.
Another critic wrote: Some enterprising TV producer should pick up HARD TIME without delay as it's got the lot - fantastic characters, a strong setting and water-tight plotting. The book is Carter's best yet, but go back and read the others first to get the most out of this outstanding series.
Full review on: http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com
On the same theme, historical crime fiction author Ian Rowson wrote: . . . an energetic and compelling series of stories that would work well on TV. It’s only a matter of time surely.
Moving on . . . this link will take you to my sixty second interview on reviewing the evidence, one of the best crime fiction web sites out there.
I was thrilled to make Sharon Wheeler’s list of ‘six writers you damn well should have heard of!'. Check out Sharon’s comments on:
That’s about it from me except to wish you . . .