Maureen Carter is creator of the critically acclaimed DS Bev Morriss crime series and now writes a new police procedural featuring two female protagonists: a play-it-by-the-book DI and a reporter who writes rules as well as news stories . . .
CRITICS 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
MAUREEN CARTER IS ONE OF CRIME FICTION'S BEST KEPT SECRETS
FANS OF CAROL O’CONNELL AND DENISE MINA SHOULD CHECK
OUT THE EQUALLY TALENTED MAUREEN CARTER.
CARTER SEEMINGLY CANNOT WRITE A BAD BOOK.
AND CARTER ON HERSELF . . .
Hello and welcome to my web site. Brilliant news coming up for fans of the Bev Morriss books but first . . . have you discovered my new cop-on-the-block, DI Sarah Quinn?
Sarah and her journalist adversary Caroline King made their debut in 2011 in A QUESTION OF DESPAIR. MOTHER LOVE followed and DYING BAD appeared in November 2012. Published by Crème de la Crime, the titles are available in shops, on-line and on Kindle.
For a fuller introduction, hit the DI QUINN SERIES link.
As for the earlier series, Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss first hit the crime fiction scene in 2004 in WORKING GIRLS. She features in six further titles: DEAD OLD, BABY LOVE, HARD TIME, BAD PRESS, BLOOD MONEY AND DEATH LINE.
I see her as a welcome contrast to all the emotionally-crippled, 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. Outspoken is an understatement: she’s lippy and then some.
And - DRUM ROLL HERE - Bev can now be heard in fine voice and full flow. My e-publisher Creative Content has not only re-branded the entire Bev series but is also bringing out audio versions of six titles.
WORKING GIRLS - read brilliantly by Frances Barber - is now available. Here's a link to a fab interview in which Frances and I talk about the recording.
The new look Bev e-books are amazing and all are available now:
For more on my digital publisher Creative Content:
To learn how the series began - and see the new covers - hit the GIRLS/DEAD/LOVE 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 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 reviewingtheevidence, 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:
HAPPY READING AND HELP LET ONE OF CRIME FICTION'S BEST KEPT SECRETS OUT OF THE BAG