Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. She is now married with two grown up sons and lives in North Cheshire. She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy, none of which she particularly enjoyed, before discovering that writing crime fiction was what she’d wanted to do all along!
Before ‘turning to crime’ she first enjoyed literary success as winner of the North West Playwrights Competition in 1990. Her keen interest in history and archaeology features strongly in her books. Described by The Times as ‘a beguiling author who interweaves past and present’ she has written twenty one novels featuring black archaeology graduate, DI Wesley Peterson and his Liverpool-born boss DCI Gerry Heffernan and five crime novels with a supernatural twist featuring DI Joe Plantagenet (as well as a stand alone historical mystery, The Devil’s Priest, set in Tudor Liverpool which is now available on Kindle). She also writes short stories and has been shortlisted twice for the CWA Short Story Dagger and for a Barry Award in the USA. As well as this she has been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library.
Her latest Wesley Peterson novel is The Mermaid’s Scream and her latest in the Joe Plantagenet series is Walking by Night. The first book in her new trilogy set in the North West of England aftermath of the First World War, A High Mortality of Doves, is now available in paperback.
Why did Wynn Staniland, a legend in the literary world, suddenly become a recluse in the 1980s? Most assumed he stopped writing because of his wife’s bizarre suicide; a death that mirrored a murder case from the nineteenth century. And now a promising young author called Zac Wilkinson is working on Staniland’s biography and hopes to reveal the true story to a waiting world – while at the same time keeping his own troubled past hidden from public view.