Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. Rattle, her debut novel, has been translated into several languages and received widespread critical acclaim from authors including Val McDermid, Lee Child and Martina Cole. Marcel Berlins wrote in The Times: 'Amid the outpouring of crime novels, Rattle is up there with the best of them.'
Fiona was selected for McDermid's prestigious New Blood panel at the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, where her novel was nominated for a Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut.
Rattle is now being adapted into a six-part TV series by the producers of Golden Globe-nominated Miss Sloane.
Her second novel, The Collector, will be published in February 2018.
When Fiona is not writing, she can be found on Twitter, eating biscuits or walking her dog. She lives in Essex with her family.
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Sweet Little Lies (2017)
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Dark Pines (2017)
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Anatomy of a Scandal (2018)
"That rare book that combines great writing, spot-on characterisation and a compulsive, page-turning narrative. I read it in one breathless day. Set against a fascinating backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey and Oxford University, think House of Cards meets The Secret History. Meticulously researched, this is an outstanding read."
The Confession (2018)
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The Break Line (2018)
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Sticks and Stones (2018)
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The Cliff House (2018)
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Blood & Sugar (2019)
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The Girl Next Door (2019)
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The Taking of Annie Thorne (2019)
C J Tudor
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On My Life (2019)
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A Nearly Normal Family (2019)
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"An utterly compelling premise . . . a layered, intelligent novel."
Our Dark Secret (2020)
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The Familiar Dark (2020)
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C L Taylor
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The Art of Death (2021)
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