The Crime Writers' Association

S.J.I Holliday

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Susi (S.J.I.) Holliday grew up in Scotland. She spent many years working in her family’s newsagent and pub before studying microbiology and statistics at university. She has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for over twenty years, but it was on a six-month round-the- world-trip that she took with her husband in 2006 that she rediscovered her passion for writing.

She is the author of three mystery/noir/psychological novels set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun: Black Wood  (2015), Willow Walk (2016) and The Damselfly (2017); and the festive serial killer thriller, The Deaths of December (2017)She has since followed these with The Lingering (2018) – a ghostly psychological thriller set in the fens, and Violet (2019) – a Highsmithesque noir set on the Trans-Siberian Express. Her most recent novels, The Last Resort (2020) and Substitute (2021) are technothrillers, published as Susi Holliday.

Her short stories have been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Deadlier (ed by Sophie Hannah) and the 2017 CWA Anthology: Mystery Tour (ed by Martin Edwards), as well as in national newspapers – and several anthologies currently in the works.

Along with three other female crime writers, Susi runs ‘Crime Fiction Coach’ – providing coaching and critique services to both aspiring and published authors.

Other Awards

Shortlisted for CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition (2014)

Books by S.J.I Holliday

  • Black Wood Black Wood


  • Willow Walk


  • The Damselfly


  • The Deaths of December


  • The Lingering


  • Violet