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Maureen Carter is a former BBC TV news journalist, presenter and producer and creator of two critically acclaimed crime series. She lives in Birmingham where her books are set.

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Her first novel WORKING GIRLS was published in 2001 and introduced the inimitable DS Bev Morriss to the crime scene. A critic wrote: Many writers would sell their first born to have the ability to create such a distinctive ‘voice’ in a main character.


There are now nine books in the series. The latest – DEATH WISH – was published in October 2016.

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A QUESTION OF DESPAIR, the first DI Sarah Quinn mystery, was published in 2011. Dubbed The detective who’s known as The Ice Queen shares almost equal billing with her TV reporter adversary, firebrand Caroline King. The women clash – and then some.

Sarah plays it by the police rule book while Caroline’s grip on rules is tenuous. There are now five titles in the series. NEXT OF KIN published November 2015  is the most recent.

Carter’s currently working on the next Bev Morriss novel. Titled Dead Time, it’s due out in the Autumn next year. Several of the previous titles are also available as audio books. For more details, go to the HEAR HEAR page.

Writers, critics and readers on MAUREEN CARTER  

Crime writing and crime fighting: Maureen Carter and her creation Bev Morriss are the second city’s finest.
Mark Billingham. 

If you like your crime-writing hot, hard and hectic, GET CARTER!
Reginald Hill.

Maureen Carter is a writer of real class . . . if there was any justice in this world, she’d be as famous as Ian Rankin.
Sharon Wheeler, Reviewing the Evidence. 

Carter excels at twisty, psychological suspense.
Library Journal. 

Imagine Bridget Jones meets Cracker… gritty, pacy, realistic and, as befits a former Newsnight presenter, televisual. When’s the TV adaptation going to hit our screens?
Gary Hudson, Amazon. 


























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