Friday, April 24, 2020


Ali Karim alerted me today to this sad news. Sheila Quigley: R.I.P.

From ChronicleLive:

Author Sheila Quigley, one of Britain's best loved crime writers, died suddenly. Ms Quigley, 72, was taken to hospital with complications arising from a toe infection but her shocked family were told her condition had deteriorated rapidly.

Ms Quigley lived opposite a field which became the fictional location of the council housing estate in her "Seahills" series of books. She was voted number seven in WH Smith’s Best Crime Authors of All Time. Her fictional lead detective, the no nonsense DI Lorraine Hunt, was voted No.10 in the book retailer’s top fictional detectives poll. 

Sheila Quigley became a national news story when Random House acquired her first novel, Run For Home, with major coverage throughout the press and television. A documentary about Sheila and the making of Run for Home was broadcast on BBC1.
Novels set in the fictional estate of Seahills in Houghton-le-Spring in the City of Sunderland.
  • Run for Home (2004)
  • Bad Moon Rising (2005)
  • Living on a Prayer (2006)
  • Every Breath You Take (2007)
  • Hungry Eyes (short story) (2008)
  • Black Betty (short story) (2009)
  • The Road to Hell (2009)
  • Stand By Me (2011)
In September 2010, Sheila published the first of a trilogy of novels, featuring the new lead character of DI Mike Yorke and his sidekick Smiler, a psychic street kid.
  • Thorn in My Side (2010)
  • Nowhere Man (2011)
  • The Final Countdown (2012)

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