I have written two novels of psychological suspense, Out of Sight and The Bad Mother, and four books in a crime fiction series set in Essex and featuring murder detective Grace Fisher, Good Girls Don’t Die, Shot Through the Heart, The Special Girls, and Wrong Way Home.
Wrong Way Home: The same night a local hero saved two people from the burning Marineland resort in Southend, a young woman was raped and murdered minutes from the scene of the fire, the culmination of a series of brutal rapes in the town. The killer was never found.
Twenty-five years on, new DNA techniques have blown the cold case open. DI Grace Fisher relishes the prospect of finally catching the culprit, but when the evidence doesn’t point to one clear suspect, she must reconstruct the original investigation.
Grace finds her investigation shadowed by a young true-crime podcaster backed by veteran crime reporter Ivo Sweatman. As pressure mounts she knows that a cold-blooded killer is slowly being backed into a corner, and a cornered predator is often the most dangerous of all…
The Special Girls: DI Grace Fisher investigates the murder of a young doctor working at a summer camp for young girls with eating disorders. Professor Ned Chesham is hailed as a miracle worker, but the murder of one of his team throws a spotlight on his work and the ‘special girls’ under his care.
Grace Fisher is pulled from the murder investigation to head up a cold case review involving Chesham himself. She must tread carefully: Chesham has just been knighted, he has friends in high places and any suspicion about his work risks damaging his patients even further. But the deeper Grace probes, the clearer it becomes that there is something rotten at the heart of his treatment programme.
As Grace peels away the lies that led to the young doctor’s murder and uncovers the extent of the damage done to Chesham’s patients, she realises how few people want her to get to the truth. Is there anyone she can trust with the horrifying secret of the special girls?
Shot Through the Heart: Who can you turn to, if not the police?
Essex, Christmas Day. As the residents of a small town enjoy their mince pies, shots ring out in the street. Five people are gunned down before the lone shooter turns his weapon on himself.
Grace Fisher, now Detective Inspector, is tasked with making some sense of this atrocity – all the more sensitive because the first of the victims was one of their own: a police officer. The case throws her back together with crime reporter Ivo Sweatman, but as she investigates it becomes clear that the police connection goes much deeper than she thought.
As the evidence of corruption grows and she is obstructed at every turn, Grace knows she is walking further into danger. Then, her young key witness disappears . . .
What far-reaching compromises will Grace have to make to safeguard the innocent?
“Isabelle Grey has already distinguished herself with a series of police procedurals that combines attention to detail with compassionate intelligence.” The Sunday Times
Good Girls Don’t Die: Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex.
One female student is missing, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news.
Someone is leaking disturbing details to tabloid crime reporter Ivo Sweatman. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?
With another victim, and under siege by the media, the murder enquiry hits a dead end. The review team brought in to shake things up is headed by Grace’s old DCI. Who is going to listen to her now?
“… kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end.” Clare Mackintosh
The Bad Mother: Are there secrets that should never be told? If so, how far must a mother go to keep them?
Tessa Parker runs a successful B&B in a seaside town. During a surprise visit, a long-lost aunt lets slip a family secret with devastating consequences.
Tessa confides in her ex- husband just as he reveals he has a new woman in his life. Navigating her own turmoil at a crucial moment in her children’s lives,Tessa tries to trace her birth father, with devastating results.
Her son goes missing. Has she left it too late to be a good mother?
“This book will have you doubting yourself, changing your theories and looking at things from different angles.” I Heart Books!
Out of Sight: Who pays the price once tragedy strikes?
In a small French town, Leonie is intrigued by a withdrawn Englishman who calls himself Patrice. He lives in a house inherited from his grandmother. He has no wife, no child, and refuses ever to get inside a car.
Patrice tells Leonie little about his past, but she’s certain her love will heal his emotional scars.
Too late, she discovers that, five years before, Patrice was living in Brighton. He was called Patrick, and he had a wife and toddler son. Until, one hot summer day, a moment of fatal forgetfulness changed his life forever.
Will Leonie be able to forgive him? And is it ever too late to change?
‘… this well-plotted debut novel … is good at ratcheting up tension … the subject matter is fascinating.’ The Daily Mail
On why I wrote this book, see my post.