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Brian Price

Brian Price is a chemist and biologist who retired from the Environment Agency in 2016. He is the author of Crime Writing: How to write the science and runs a website offering tips on science for crime writers ( He taught science and technology courses for the Open University for 26 years. He has advised number of leading crime writers on scientific aspects of crime.

Brian's first crime novel, Fatal Trade, was published, as an ebook and paperback, by Hobeck Books on 14th September 2021. A free novella, Fatal Beginnings, is available from Hobeck Books at The sequel, Fatal Hate, was published in April 2022 and third novel in the series, Fatal Dose, came out on 31st January 2023.

Several of his short stories appear in the anthologies Cuckoo, Lock and Key and Seventy Three, produced by the writing group Writers in Stone, and he has had stories published in the charity anthologies, The Dark Side of Christmas and Cooking the Books (published by Hobeck). His short story The Scent of an Ending appeared in the Crime Writers Association collection Music of the Night.

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Genres: Mystery
DC Mel Cotton Crime
   1. Fatal Trade (2021)
   2. Fatal Hate (2022)
   3. Fatal Dose (2023)
   4. Fatal Blow (2023)
Brian Price recommends
Cut and Shut (2023)
(Louise Miller, book 3)
Jonathan Peace
"A superb thriller set in brilliantly evoked 1989 Yorkshire."

Anthologies containing stories by Brian Price
Music of the Night (2022)
(Crime Writer's Association Anthology)
edited by
Martin Edwards

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