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Frances Fyfield

(Frances Hegarty)
UK (1948 - )

aka Frances Hegarty

Frances Fyfield is a criminal lawyer, who lives in London and in Deal, by the sea which is her passion. She has won several awards, including the CWA Silver Dagger.


Painted Smile
1. A Painted Smile (2015)

Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1990) : A Question of Guilt
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (1999) : Staring At the Light
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : Safer Than Houses
Dagger Awards Best Novel winner (2008) : Blood from Stone

Frances Fyfield recommends

The Raphael Affair (1990)
(Jonathan Argyll, book 1)
Iain Pears
"Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch."

Roses, Roses (1993)
(Harpur and Iles, book 10)
Bill James
"Utterly absorbing."

Judas Child (1998)
Carol O'Connell
"A heart-stopping novel of intelligence and suspense."

The Suffocating Night (1998)
(Lydmouth, book 4)
Andrew Taylor
"A classic detective story which is deceptively calm and cool, but really smashing."

Ploughing Potter's Field (1999)
Phil Lovesey
"Terrific plot and a name to watch."

Improvising Carla (2000)
Joanna Hines
"A chiller of a thriller about real women... beautifully crafted, subtle and good."

Ode to a Banker (2000)
(Marcus Didius Falco, book 12)
Lindsey Davis
"A rollicking narrative . . . this sees its award-winning author in excellent form."

The Anglo-Irish Murders (2000)
(Robert Amiss, book 9)
Ruth Dudley Edwards
"Devilishly funny... There are plenty of sharp political points in this beautifully written satire, guaranteed to make you laugh."
In the Midnight Hour
In the Midnight Hour (2001)
(Laura Principal, book 5)
Michelle Spring
"...a compulsive read."

Code 61 (2002)
(Carl Houseman, book 4)
Donald Harstad
"Michael Connolly, eat your heart out."

My Name Is Legion (2004)
A N Wilson
"A wonderful, thrilling depiction of media manipulation, corruption, tolerance and promiscuity. It's so good, and so wise, it hurts."

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