Jane Bettany lives in Derby. Her debut crime novel, In Cold Blood, was published by HQ (Harper Collins) in 2020. The book is set in Derbyshire and introduces DI Isabel Blood.
In 2019, Jane won the Gransnet and HQ writing competition, which was for women writers over the age of 40 who had written a novel with a protagonist in the same age range. The competition was launched in response to a survey of women over 40, conducted by Gransnet and HQ. The survey showed that almost half of the women taking part felt there weren’t enough books featuring middle-aged or older women as lead characters.
In Cold Blood is the first in the DI Isabel Blood series.