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 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 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).

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