To celebrate the release of her new book The Cover Up, author Marnie Riches shares ten things she'd like us to know about her. 

Marnie Riches by Phil Tragen

Marnie Riches by Phil Tragen

  1. I can speak five different languages
  2. I have a hiatus hernia, which means I can’t eat spicy food anymore
  3. I grew up on a rough council estate but went to Cambridge University
  4. I’m mad about cars
  5. I love renovating tired old houses
  6. My favourite place in the world is the Maldives
  7. I have a nerdish interest in oriental rugs
  8. I’ve been to Buckingham and St. James’s Palaces several times
  9. The first 7” single I bought was People are People by Depeche Mode
  10. I once sang and played guitar in an indie band called Interference

The Cover Up 

Watch your back. Everyone else will be.

How far would you go to protect your empire? Manchester’s criminal underworld is reeling from the loss of its leader, Paddy O’Brien. In the wake of her husband’s death, Sheila O’Brien takes charge of the city, and for once, she’s doing things her way. But she hasn’t reckoned with the fearsome Nigel Bancroft, a threat from Birmingham who is determined to conquer Manchester next. As a power tussle begins, Sheila is determined to keep control of the empire she has won – even if it means she has to die trying…

‘Marnie Riches is already a leading light in the field of Mancunian noir… Born Bad is more family drama than police procedural, but whatever its genre, it’s impressive.’

The Guardian

About the Author:

Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways Prison. Able to speak five different languages, she gained a Master’s degree in Modern & Medieval Dutch and German from Cambridge University. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser.

Marnie is the author of the bestselling George McKenzie series of eBook thrillers, the first of which, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die, won The Patricia Highsmith Award for Most Exotic Location in the Dead Good Reader Awards, 2015. In 2016, the series was shortlisted for The Tess Gerritsen Award for Best Series (Dead Good Reader Awards).