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Hania Allen

Hania Allen
Hanna Allen was born in Liverpool of Polish parents, and holds an honours degree and a doctorate, both in physics, from the University of St Andrews. As a child, she wanted to go into space and came a fair way (but not quite far enough) in the Project Juno competition to find Britain’s first astronaut. She has worked in education: as a physics researcher, a maths teacher, a research programmer, an IT officer, and finally in information management as part of the University of St Andrews’ senior management team, a post she left to write full-time.

When not writing, she indulges her other passion, music, and can be seen at her local cinema watching operas from the Met, or playing the piano with her musically gifted godchildren, making up for in enthusiasm what she lacks in talent. She has lived in Scotland for longer than she has lived anywhere else and loves the country and its people, despite the nine months of rain and three months of bad weather. She currently resides in a fishing village in Fife.

Hania Allen is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact

Books by Hania
The Polish Detective
Constable, forthcoming January 2018

Allen’s next crime novels will be set in Dundee, introducing Detective Sergeant Danuta Gorska.

Constable’s Krystyna Green said of the new series: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled with this two book acquisition as I’ve been looking for an authentically voiced Polish detective for years, and Dundee – the city of Discovery! – is the perfect setting for this protagonist’.

Von Valenti Series
Double Tap (#2)
Freight Books, April 2015
Hania Allen - Double Tap

A professional hit during an executive paintball game demands all of Von’s skills as a detective.

Leaving the Police and chasing her errant daughter, Von has relocated to Edinburgh where she’s set up as a Private Detective. She is asked to investigate a professional hit, an infamous ‘double tap’, that has occurred during an executive paint-ball game. As always nothing is as it seems as Von must use all her intelligence, tenacity and skills to unravel the truth from a web of lies that surrounds the case.

Praise for Double Tap
‘Hania Allen’s second novel is a confident, darkly witty tale that made me lock the door and keep turning the pages. Her Edinburgh feels solid, with welcome details adding texture to the familiarity of Scotland’s capital. But it’s her characters who impress: Von is a realistic and fascinating take on the PI – a character and profession sorely underlooked in UK crime fiction, and presented here in an emotionally honest and utterly believable light. […] Double Tap is a pitch-perfect period piece combined with a clever mystery, but more than that, it’s a witty, tense crime novel written in a highly readable style, and with an authenticity of character, procedure and place that is rare and exciting to discover. Read this right now. You won’t regret it’
Russel D McLean, author of the J McNee detective series

The plot is fast-moving, and ends with a satisfyingly suspense-filled double twist. I really loved the atmospheric use of the Edinburgh settings
Promoting Crime Fiction


Jack in the Box (#1)
Freight Books, April 2014

Jack in the Box - Hania Allen
Jack in the Box

London, 2000. When DCI Von Valenti is called to investigate the murder of Max Quincey, her Chief Superintendent’s actor brother, she is struck by the resemblance of the modus operandi to that of unsolved murders in Soho fifteen years before. Those murders, known as the ‘Jack in the Box murders’ because of the mutilated Jack in the Box left at the scene of the crime, were of young male prostitutes who were blinded and strangled. At the time, a play, ‘Jack in the Box’, was running in London’s West End, directed by Max Quincey himself, and Von has not failed to notice that Quincey’s murder coincides with the play’s return.

But when she and her number two, DI Steve English, begin their investigation, no-one will tell her anything about Quincey’s murder. Everyone is lying. Von soon finds herself drawn more and more to the case of the rent boys. Can she penetrate the wall of silence to find what links the present to the past?

Praise for Jack in the Box
Nicely nasty in all the right places, this is an assured debut by Hania Allen. She has drawn a feisty and determined protagonist in Von Valenti and we will surely see her again. The story rattles along until bringing the curtain down with an unnerving twist
Craig Robertson, author of Cold Grave, Random and Witness the Dead

Captivating characters and an intriguing plot. A great new find for crime fans
Lin Anderson, author of the Rhona MacLeod crime series


Phil Ashley

Phil Ashley
Phil Ashley has followed a life in photography. After studying in Hertfordshire and Swansea, he returned to London to spend his younger years working in the studios of many leading lights of the art. At age just 25 he set up his own studio and has spent many of the intervening years photographing people, products and places for the likes of The Observer, Nokia, Glaxo Smith Klineand Getty Images. Road cycling is his sporting passion. He lives in Middlesex with his wife and daughter.

Books by Phil Ashley

12_months_ONIX Phil Ashley - How to be a cyclist

Phil is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Kevin –

Sam Angus


Twitter: @samangus4
Sam was born in Italy and grew up in France and Spain. She studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge where she kept a dog until he was discovered being smuggled out of college in a laundry basket. She taught English before spending a decade in the fashion industry. Sam now writes full time and lives between Exmoor and London with her children, dogs and horses.

Books by Sam Angus
Sam Angus - School for Skylarks
School for Skylarks
Publication: June 2017 by Macmillan Children’s Books

It is 1939. When Lyla is evacuated from her home in London to her great-aunt’s enormous house in the West Country, she expects to be lonely. She has never been to school nor had any friends, and her parents have been at the centre of a scandal. But with the house being used to accommodate an entire school of evacuated schoolgirls, there’s no time to think about her old life. Soon there is a horse in a first-floor bedroom and a ferret in Lyla’s sock drawer, hordes of schoolgirls have overrun the house, and Lyla finds out that friends come in all shapes and sizes.


The House on Hummingbird Island

Idie Grace is twelve when she inherits a grand old house on a Caribbean island where hummingbirds hover and monkeys clamber from tree to tree. As a lady of property Idie can do as she pleases, so she fills the house with exotic animals, keeps her beloved horse in the hallway, and carries a grumpy, talking cockatoo called Homer on her shoulder. But the island house holds as many secrets as it does animals, and the truth behind Idie’s inheritance is the biggest secret of all…

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2016


It’s 1915 and British troops are about to sail to Gallipoli. Billy is the youngest soldier in his platoon and is teased for not being old enough to drink or shave. The truth is, at 15 he’s not old enough to be a soldier either, and he’s terrified of the war he’s about to fight. Then he meets Captain, a refugee boy, and his donkey, Hey-ho. Together they teach Billy what it means to be brave, loyal and fearless, and above all what it means to be a friend.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2014

A Horse Called Hero by San Angus A Horse Called Hero

It is 1940. As the Second World War escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and her horse-mad little brother Wolfie are evacuated to the country, away from everything they know. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal. They name the horse Hero for surviving against the odds and together they raise him, train him, and learn to ride.  Their days are suddenly full of life and excitement again, but the shadow of war looms over their peaceful existence, and soon Hero must live up to his name…

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2013

Soldier Dog
It’s 1917, one of the darkest moments of British History. Recruited into the Signal Service, Stanley finds himself miles from home, in the trenches on the Somme, a boy fighting a man’s war with a Great Dane called Bones by his side. As the fighting escalates and Stanley experiences the horrors of war, he comes to realise that the loyalty of his dog is the one thing he can rely on.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2012



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Lin Anderson

Lin Anderson was born in Greenock to Scottish and Irish parents. A graduate of both Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities, she taught computing in secondary schools before deciding to write full-time. She has published eleven novels and one novella in her series about the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod and Cannes-set thrillers featuring private investigator Patrick de Courvoisier. Her ninth Rhona MacLeod book, Paths of the Dead, was shortlisted for the 2015 Scottish Crime Book of the Year award, and the tenth, The Special Dead, was longlisted for the 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year. She is a former Chair of The Society of Authors in Scotland and, alongside Alex Gray [link to Alex Gray’s JBA page], a founder of Bloody Scotland, the Stirling-based crime writing festival. Her work has been translated into multiple languages.

Lin is also an accomplished scriptwriter. The screenplay of her first film, Small Love (broadcast on Scottish Television in 2001 and 2002), earned her a TAPS Writer of the Year Award 2001 nomination, and the second, River Child, won both a Scottish BAFTA for Best Fiction and the Celtic Film Festival’s Best Drama prize. She professes herself to be a huge Braveheart fan, even going so far as to write a book, Braveheart: From Hollywood to Holyrood (2004), about the making of it.

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Selected Books by Lin

Rhona Macleod Series

None but the Dead (#11)

Pan Macmillan, August 2016

Sanday, one of Britain’s northernmost islands, inaccessible when the wind prevents the ferry crossing from the mainland, or fog grounds the tiny, island-hopping plane.

When human remains are discovered to the rear of an old primary school, forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod and her assistant arrive to excavate the grave. Approaching midwinter, they find daylight in short supply, the weather inhospitable and some of the island’s inhabitants less than co-operative. When the suspicious death of an old man in Glasgow appears to have links with the island, DS Michael McNab is dispatched to investigate. Desperately uncomfortable in such surroundings, he finds that none of the tools of detective work is there. No internet, no CCTV, and no police station.

As the weather closes in, the team – including criminal profiler and Orkney native Professor Magnus Pirie – are presented with a series of unexplained incidents, apparently linked to the discovery of thirteen magic flowers representing the souls of dead children who had attended the island school where the body was discovered. But how and in what circumstance did they die? And why are their long forgotten deaths significant to the current investigation?

As a major storm approaches, bringing gale-force winds and high seas, the islanders turn on one another, as past and present evil deeds collide, and long buried secrets break the surface, along with the exposed bones.

Praise for None but the Dead

Lin Anderson is one of Scotland’s national treasures – don’t be fooled by comparisons, her writing is unique, bringing warmth and depth to even the seediest parts of Glasgow. Lin’s Rhona MacLeod is a complex and compelling heroine who just gets better with every outing

Stuart MacBride, bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels

Vivid and atmospheric…Enthralling



The Special Dead (#10)

Pan Macmillan, August 2015

When Mark Howitt is invited back to Leila’s flat and ordered to strip, he thinks he’s about to have the experience of his life. Waking later he finds Leila gone from his side. Keen to leave, he opens the wrong door and finds he’s entered a nightmare; behind the swaying Barbie dolls that hang from the ceiling is the body of the girl he just had sex with.

Rhona Macleod’s forensic investigation of the scene reveals the red plaited silk cord used to hang Leila to be a cingulum, a Wiccan artefact used in sex magic. Sketches of sexual partners hidden in the dolls provide a link to nine powerful men, but who are they? As the investigation continues, it looks increasingly likely that other witches will be targeted too.

Working the investigation is the newly demoted DS Michael McNab, who is keen to stay sober and redeem himself with Rhona, but an encounter with Leila’s colleague and fellow Wiccan Freya Devine threatens his resolve. Soon McNab realises Freya may hold the key to identifying the men linked to the dolls and the Nine will do anything to keep their identities a secret.

Praise for The Special Dead

Anderson clearly knows what her readers want and how to keep them coming back for more
The Sunday Herald

The Special Dead is the tenth in Lin Anderson’s series featuring her forensic scientist, Rhona MacLeod and it is everything that we have come to expect from this highly talented author

This unusual police procedural series has been running for more than a decade but shows no signs of flagging, with its solid plotting and recurring characters who are worth getting to know
Morning Star

Longlisted for the 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year


Paths of the Dead (#9)

Pan Macmillan, August 2014

When Amy MacKenzie agrees to attend a meeting at a local spiritualist church, the last person she expects to hear calling to her from beyond the grave is her son. The son whom she’d only spoken to an hour before.

Then the body of a young man is found inside a Neolithic stone circle high above the city of Glasgow and forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod is soon on the case. The hands have been severed and there is a stone in the victim’s mouth with the number five scratched on it. DI Michael McNab is certain it’s a gangland murder, but Rhona isn’t convinced. When a second body is found in similar circumstances, a pattern begins to emerge of a killer intent on masterminding a gruesome Druidic game that everyone will be forced to play . . .

Praise for Paths of the Dead

If you haven’t taken a trip around Scotland in the company of DI McNab and Rhona MacLeod, I’d recommend getting to know them

Crime Review

Shortlisted for the 2015 Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award



Patrick Courvoisier Mysteries


The Case of the Black Pearl (#2)

Severn House, March 2014

The Case of the Black Pearl - Lin Anderson

Content to leave his controversial past behind him and enjoy a more relaxed, hedonistic lifestyle on a converted houseboat in the glamorous French resort of Cannes, enigmatic Englishman Patrick de Courvoisier is known as ‘Le Limier’ or ‘Fixer’. People come to him with their problems – and he fixes them.

However, when Camille Ager asks Patrick to find her sister, Angele Valette, star of the new movie The Black Pearl, Patrick’s laidback lifestyle is dealt a terminal blow. Last seen at the film’s lavish launch party on board the luxurious black yacht owned by Russian oligarch Vasily Chapayev, the funds behind the movie and owner of the famous black pearl, Angele seems to have vanished into thin air – and so has the pearl.

As Patrick questions all those involved with the movie, he discovers that this is a case where nothing is as it seems. And when a dead body turns up on his boat, the investigation takes a deeply disturbing new twist.


The Case of the Missing Madonna (#1)

Severn House, September 2015

Brother Robert from the abbey on St Honorat, a picturesque island off the French coast, has requested Patrick de Courvoisier’s help in locating a valuable painting which has disappeared from the monastery’s vaults.

At the same time, an old enemy from Patrick’s past has arrived in Cannes in search of a different stolen painting. As it becomes increasingly clear that the two investigations are linked, Patrick’s enquiries lead him to uncover a shocking wartime secret: a secret the British Royal family would prefer to keep hidden…


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