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Michelle Kidd

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Michelle always aspired to be an author. But normal life got in the way of her dreams and instead she qualified as a lawyer in the early 1990s. Civil and Criminal Litigation kept her busy for the next decade, but the dream to write books was never far away - and in the summer of 2008 she began penning what was to become her first published book.

It took ten years of juggling work and home life, but in 2018 her first novel, 'The Phoenix Project', was finally born! She now has six books under her belt, with more to come soon...

Books by me

DI Jack MacIntosh (series) by Michelle Kidd

DI Jack MacIntosh (series)

"This series currently has four books. Starting with Seven Days to Die, then Fifteen Reasons to Kill, Sixteen Carved Pieces and Twenty Years Buried. I loved writing all four, but Seven Days to Die has a special place in my heart as it was the first book to launch my career with Joffe Books. Fifteen Reasons to Kill was written during the first lockdown in 2020, mostly in the garden in the sunshine, with the cat at my feet. I dedicated it to all those working in the health services across the world (I too work for the NHS here in the UK)."

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DI Nicki Hardcastle (series) by Michelle Kidd

DI Nicki Hardcastle (series)

" This series currently has just the one book published so far (but a second is coming soon). Missing Boy tells the story of little Lucas Jackson who disappears into thin air at a local fair. One minute he is there, the next he is gone. This series is based in my current home town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk."

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Books that influenced me

Biko by Donald Woods


Donald Woods

"This book had a profound influence on me when I was growing up. Apartheid was still going strong at the time and Nelson Mandela was still incarcerated when I first picked up this book. It’s a book that I will never forget and I still cherish it on my bookshelves. The movie based on parts of the book, Cry Freedom, is also one of my favourite films."

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Murder at the Farm by Paul Foot

Murder at the Farm

Paul Foot

"I love true crime and this book tells the story of the murder of Carl Bridegwater in 1978, and the miscarriage of justice that followed. Books like this nurtured my love of true crime and crime fiction."

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The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit

JRR Tolkien

"The moment I started reading The Hobbit I was hooked. Although I also enjoyed the rest of the Lord of the Rings books, The Hobbit is where it all started for me and fuelled my love of the written word and story telling. I think Tolkien, along with Stephen King, are both the masters of storytelling."

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Personal favourites

Harry Potter (series) by J K Rowling

Harry Potter (series)

J K Rowling

"I can’t single one out on its own, I loved the whole series. They are among the very few books that I will happily read over and over again and never tire of them."

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The Black Echo by Michael Connolly

The Black Echo

Michael Connolly

"Michael Connelly is an author that I have followed and I’m proud to have read every book in the Bosch series. The series begins with The Black Echo (I have a signed copy!) and there isn’t a weak book among them."

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The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining

Stephen King

"I can’t remember the first Stephen King book I read, there have been so many, but The Shining certainly sticks in my memory as a fantastically creepy one. He is such a prolific writer and storyteller, I remember getting hooked on his books as an early teen and it probably steered me towards a writing career."

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We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

We Begin at the End

Chris Whitaker

"This book was an absolute joy to read, from beginning to end. The writing was so beautiful, and the characters so well developed – I can really see this making a fabulous movie."

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