The Crime Writers' Association

P.J. Quinn

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PJ Quinn is the pen name of mother and daughter team Pauline Kirk and Jo Summers. Jo challenged her mother to write a crime novel and they somehow ended up writing it together. They have collaborated on four DI Ambrose Mysteries to date, Foul Play, Poison Pen, Close Disharmony and Poetic Justice. An extended and updated edition of Foul Play has recently been published (2020). All are police procedurals set in the late 1950’s and early ‘60’s, a fascinating period which now seems an era ago. Though the central characters feature throughout the series, each novel can be read on its own.

Pauline lives near York. Three novels have been published under her own name: Waters of Time (Century Hutchinson 1988, Ulverscroft 1991), The Keepers (Virago 1996; Little, Brown 1997), and Border 7 (Stairwell Books 2015). Border 7 is also available as an audiobook. Waters of Time was reissued by Stairwell Books last year, and they have recently published a new edition of The Keepers  (2021). She is also a published poet and editor of Fighting Cock Press. Jo is a qualified lawyer, who lives in East Yorkshire with her husband, two sons and five dogs. She writes for the legal press, national newspapers and legal textbooks. Her books Islamic Wills, Trusts and Estates with Mufti Talha Ahmad Azami and Shahzad Siddiqui, and The Offshore Trustees’ UK Tax Handbook are published by Euromoney.

Other Awards

Pauline Kirk was a Finalist in the York Cultural Awards (Excellence in Writing) 2018

Books by P.J. Quinn

  • Foul Play: a DI Ambrose Mystery


  • Poison Pen: a DI Ambrose Mystery


  • Close Disharmony: a DI Ambrose Mystery


  • Poetic Justice: a DI Ambrose Mystery