Sub-genre: Crime Thriller, female detective, Female police procedural, historical crime, historical crime fiction, historical fiction, international, Non Fiction, Non fiction Historical Crime, Northern Crime, Police, Police procedural
Denise Beddows is also a member of the Society of Authors and Chiltern Independent Authors. She has self-published, under her own imprint (Misbourne Books), a dozen titles, mainly fiction and true crime, and also, writing as DJ Kelly, local history and biographical fiction (Titanic Press). As a Chief Immigration Officer with a back ground in research, investigation and intelligence analysis, she took early retirement in 2010 in order to concentrate on writing.
Her true crime books are: Odd Man Out – A Motiveless Murder? which took joint 2nd prize in the Georgina Hartley-Woore Award for independent authors, and The Cheetham Hill Murder – A Convenient Killing?
She next began to publish a series of spy/crime thrillers, each being a stand-alone story, featuring MI5’s Counter-espionage team and New Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command. The first of these: The Hunt for WOTAK was Amazon’s #3 best seller in the genre, and the second: When the Grey Wolf Sings was Amazon’s #5 best seller. Just published is the third in this series: A Long Road to Revenge. Another two: Shearwater Point and The Kohat Connection are due out in 2022. She is currently drafting number six.
Having lived, worked and played in 20 countries across 3 continents, during which she was twice arrested, tear-gassed, mortar-bombed and briefly taken hostage, nowadays Denise lives a slightly calmer life as a volunteer researcher for her local history and heritage group. Her best-selling local history books (as author DJ Kelly) include: Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives and Bulstrode – Splendour and Scandals of a Buckinghamshire Mansion. She has also had short stories published in a number of anthologies.
A former folk-singer and member of RATS (Rawalpindi Amateur Theatrical Society), Denise speaks six languages; is a regular guest speaker for local community groups and at literary festivals, and helps organise the biennial Chalfont St Giles & Jordans Literary Festival. She is married with one daughter, psychotherapist and writer Amy Beddows. Denise and her husband and their pet whippet live in South Buckinghamshire, where she writes mostly in a Japanese tea house she built at the bottom of their garden.
Books by Denise Beddows
- A Long Road to Revenge
- When the Grey Wolf Sings
- The Hunt for WOTAK
- Odd Man Out - A Motiveless Murder?
- The Cheetham Hill Murder - A Convenient Killing?
- Bulstrode - Splendour and Scandals of a Buckinghamshire Mansion
- Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives
- The Famous and Infamous of The Chalfonts & District
- Running with Crows - The Life and Death of a Black and Tan
- A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright