Out now on Kindle, just 99p/99c for launch. DEAD PRETTY a murder mystery by new signing Candy Denman, screenwriter for The Bill, Doctors and Heartbeat.
When a local woman is killed, police indifference leads a doctor to begin her own investigation
It is not unusual for Callie Hughes to see a dead body. As a part-time police doctor, she has seen more than most. And it was hardly unusual for her to be called in to a reported drugs overdose. Her work as a forensic physician in Hastings has led her to see a fair few of those.
But the corpse of the young woman that she is now examining isn’t surrounded by the typical drug paraphernalia; the room lacks the squalor she might expect to see. What the corpse does have, is a faint mark around the neck. It might easily have gone unnoticed, but once she’s seen it, Dr Callie Hughes can’t get the idea out of her head that she is looking at the victim of a strangling.
Hughes returns to her other job as a local GP, but after she discovers on the grapevine that the victim was in fact murdered, her curiosity gets the better of her. Unfortunately, the local police do not take kindly to her interest. And she can’t help but think that the victim being a prostitute has something to do with their lack of concern.
Soon Hughes will be called to another victim killed in similar circumstances. Her medical knowledge will give her unique insight into the killer, but convincing the police of her input’s value will be a challenge. And her naturally inquisitive character may well lead her into danger.
Can Hughes hunt down a killer terrorising local women, or will her curiosity make her a victim?
DEAD PRETTY is the first in a series of murder mysteries about police doctor and part-time GP, Dr Callie Hughes. Readers who like forensics in crime fiction and medical thrillers, like Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series, will particularly enjoy this book. Look out for the second book, BODY HEAT, on pre-order now!
When Love Lies Bleeding
A novella inspired by the film The Third Man.
A killer flu pandemic exacerbated by a shortage of the only effective treatment has the West Coast of America in a panic. Journalist Joe Hames, flying in to save his job and cover the story has an ulterior motive: to make contact with his long-lost former girlfriend and love of his life, Cassie.
Joe tries to find Cassie, whilst also trying to get hold of information on why the death toll is higher in California than anywhere else before any of the other journalists that have descended on the city. At the pharmaceutical company where she worked, Joe finds out that Cassie is dead: she was run down by a cable car two weeks earlier. When he goes to her funeral, he is surprised to find that he has become a person of interest to the police.
Or did she die? Joe begins to suspect that all is not what it seems, and in the fog-drenched streets of San Francisco, Joe unravels the real story resulting in a finale played out at Fisherman’s Wharf. Someone was really going to die this time, and not of the flu.
A prestigious patient is found dead in his hospital bed after routine surgery. Is it medical negligence, natural causes or something more sinister? When cause of death is found to be a massive air embolism, the hunt is on for someone with the necessary medical knowledge to kill in this way.
Published in 1987, Deadly Treatment is Candy's first novel and is sadly out of print.