Edinburgh-born Sara Sheridan must be the envy and the inspiration for every aspiring writer in the country. Her first novel Truth or Dare was, by her own admission, written in under four months and sold within six weeks. It then went on to be nominated for a Saltire Award and was voted into the Top 100 Scottish Books of all time by Scottish Libraries.
Since her early success Sara has shown amazing versatility. Her works span children’s, YA, contemporary, historical and crime fiction. Whilst the genres may be diverse, Sara’s books are linked by strong female protagonists who evoke our sympathies and pique our interest. Her careful observations of the tiniest detail allow her to create rich and vivid worlds and transport the reader to exotic locations – in particular she has written two historical novels set in the early 1800s – one set in China and one on the Arabian Peninsula.
In her most recent novel, London Calling, the second of her Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries, Sara has located the story in post-War England and has chosen the edgy genre of not-so-cosy crime. The eponymous heroine, first featured in Brighton Belle, was described by a Sunday Herald reviewer as having ‘dogged tenacity to rival Poirot.’ There are 11 books planned spanning 1951 – 1961. Mirabelle is the kind of woman who knows how to run in high heels and makes a wonderful antidote to the less feminine female protagonists in modern crime fiction. She’s proving popular – Brighton Belle knocked 50 Shades of Grey off the Amazon Number 1 slot last October.