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Danielle Ramsay – A New Author To Watch For

For all lovers of the British detective/thriller/crime genre, there is a new name on the scene, who I am sure we shall be hearing more from. Danielle Ramsay, is introducing us to a new crime solving character, Inspector Jack Brady, in her debut novel ‘Broken Silence’

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Synopsis – Words taken from the book

Early one morning in the seaside resort of Whitley Bay, the lifeless body of a young girl, Sophie Washington, is found brutally murdered – her face mutilated beyond recognition.

Back on active duty after an enforced break in his less-than-glittering career, DI Jack Brady is barely holding it together. With his personal life resembling a car crash, his problems only intensify when his close colleague Jimmy Matthews reveals that he was with the victim on the night of the murder.

Brady’s loyal deputy, DS Harry Conrad and police psychologist, Amelia Jenkins are assigned with him to crack the case. But as Brady delves deeper into Sophie’s life he discovers a far from rosy picture.

Brady must ask some tough questions if he is to discover the truth. Questions not only about Sophie, but also about himself-and what he finds out isn’t going to be pretty…..

About Danielle Ramsay:

Danielle Ramsay is a Scot, living in a small seaside town in the North-East of England.

Always a storyteller, it was only after initially following an academic career lecturing in literature that she found her place in life and began to write creatively full-time.

Always on the go, always passionate in what she is doing, Danielle fills her days with horse-riding, running and murder by proxy.

Danielle was short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, in both 2009 and 2010, but was narrowly pipped at the post on both occasions.

Her latest novel, has a title – ‘Broken Bodies’ and is well on the way to being ready for publishing in 2011.

I have purchased ‘Broken Silence’ for my father, so have yet to read and air my thoughts about it, but a follow-up post will appear shortly.

If anyone has already read the book, please feel free to start a discussion about it.

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  • Hi Yvonne
    This book looks a perfect fit for my tastes. I really enjoy crime thrillers, but good ones set in Britain are hard to find. I will be looking out for this one –

  • Hi Chris,

    It isn’t often that I pay full price for a book these days, but my father reads so quickly, that finding books that he has not already had, gets to be quite a challenge.

    On occasion I have had to resort to just buying the new, top selling titles, to be sure it is a fresh read to him.

    This was one such purchase and I will be waiting eagerly for him to read it and pass it back to me.

    We are used to reading this genre, as written by a female American author, so it will be good to compare the writing talents of a British female author, in the same genre.

    • I can promise you will not be disappointed as this author is in Val McDermid’s league an that’s saying something.

      • Hi Carl,

        I have to come clean and admit that I have still not read the book yet, if you could see the size of my ‘To Be Read’ mountain, you would understand why.

        My dad did read it and he had nothing derogatory to say about it, which is praise coming from him, as he is usually quick to comment if I buy him a book he doesn’t enjoy.

        I see from various sources, that ‘Broken Silence’ has had some quite varied and mixed reviews, being likened in some instances to the work of Martina Cole.

        You say that Danielle’s work can be likened to that of Val McDermid, who I always enjoy, so that bodes well.

        Thanks for stopping by the site and for the feedback about this post, I appreciate it

  • I endorse what the others have said.
    Do any of your contributors know of other books of crime fiction located in the North East ?
    There has to be something between Get Carter and Broken Silence!

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for stopping by the site and for contributing with your comment, it is much appreciated.

      All the posted reviews of Danielle Ramsay’s books, seem to carry nothing but praise for her work and she has gone from a debut author, to respected crime fiction writer, in a relatively short time.

      Another author who writes crime fiction books set in the North East is Martyn Waites. I have only read one of his books so far, ‘The Mercy Seat’. A great read if you have a strong stomach, as Martyn writes crime ficion, with more than a hint of undisguised violence.


      Hope this is another author that you will find to your liking.

      Thank you for your interest

  • really enjoyed broken silence, am looking forward to the next book, do you have a date yet for publishing? keep up the writing its good to have women who write well

    • Hi Sue,

      There have been nothing but good reviews and comments about ‘Broken Silence’, so it looks as if Danielle is well on her way to success with her character DI Jack Brady.

      There is a second DI Brady investigation, planned for publishing April 2012, but as yet I can find no synopsis for it, and am only able to tell you, that it is to be called ‘Vanishing Point’

      Thanks for visiting the site and adding to the discussion

  • Really liked broken silence and passed paperback on to friends who also agreed that it was a good first novel … have been waiting patiently for broken bodies but is it now to be vanishing point ? Do hope publishers are supporting Danielle as a long time between books now. Hoping for some positive news . Tony

    • Hi Tony,

      I hadn’t realised that the title of the second book had changed, nor that it is now not going to be released until April 2012, although Amazon are already taking advance orders for it!!

      Danielle’s website is also very sparse and doesn’t actually mention the new book at all, but once again, Amazon seems to have a comprehensive synopsis for ‘Vanishing Point’.

      It appears that Danielle will once again be featuring her character DI Brady in his second case, so let’s just hope that the lack of communication from Danielle herself, is just a temporary blip in the proceedings and nothing more drastic.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your interesting comments. I like to chat with new readers and love to receive comments and opinions.

  • Loved every minute of it as a Shiremoor lad who lived in Wellfield got the Metro from West Monkseaton drank occasionally in the Beacon lived in North Shields and now Wallsend it was great to read a detective story that i could relate to it is nice to be able to picture
    the scenery etc brought back vivid memories of The “Ship in the Hole” as we called it and Mingles where two of my pals were doormen.
    Keep it going Bonny Lass

    • Hi Ian,

      Thanks for taking the time to visit Fiction Books and for adding your valued comments to the discussion.

      I am still guilty of not actually having read ‘Broken Silence’, as my dad still has it on loan, but it is still on reading list as soon as I get my hands on it.

      The book has received some great reviews, with the follow-up book featuring DI Jack Brady, still on schedule for release in April 2012 and sounding every bit as intriguing as the first.


      It is an added bouns when an author comes up with a great storyline, where the action takes place in an area that you know well and can relate to instantly.

      Living down South, in Somerset, as I do, the most relevant detective series for me would probably be something like the ‘Wycliffe’ series of books. The action isn’t typically as hard-hitting as that which the Northern detectives appear to face, but I can enjoy both styles equally.

      I actually work with a girl who hails from your own part of the world, although a little further up the coastline in County Durham, so I am slowly getting used to the colloquialisms she uses in everyday conversation. It was good to see you use Bonny Lass when you signed off.

      I hope that you continue to enjoy your reading.

  • I have read Broken Silence & thought it was brilliant, At the end of the book it gives a passage out of the next book called Broken Bodies but i can not find this book anywhere. Can anyone help

  • Aftre reading the briliant Broken Silence by Danielle Ramsay, via Kindle, they allowed 4 chapters of the next novel Broken Bones to be read,which was great but since then I can find no reference to the book Can someone help please?

    • Hi Robert,

      I will send you a separate email with more complete details, however in the first instance I would refer you to the comment reply above. The information it contains still holds good and ‘Vanishing Point’ is available now as a pre-order from http://www.amazon.co.uk with the full release scheduled for April 26th 2012

      Thank you for your enquiry and I hope that you enjoy ‘Vanishing Point’

  • Hi, I stumbled upon Danielle Ramsey a Broken Silence by accident. My husband bought me a kindle and I was trying to work out how to use it.
    I was born in Whitley Bay and this drew me into buying the book. I wasn’t disappointed, I found the way she laid out the plot and described the places was very cleaver. I recognised all the places and could understand how the story worked and how DCI Brady followed the murder, where he went, where he lived. I recognise the murder location, and remember some years ago there were mushroom houses along there. My only criticism if it is a criticism, is that although Whitley Bay isn’t the best town, I think it was portrayed a little poorly, but in fairness it has seen better days,( lets hope the town planners read the book).
    I have pre-ordered the next book and I am really looking forward to reading it. I wish my writing was a good as this. Thanks

    • Hi Christine,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such interesting comments. This is the best thing about blogging, all the great new people you get to speak with, especially if you are a bit of a chatterbox, like myself!

      I have to admit that I have never checked out Whitely Bay before, however your comments have generated a very pleasant few minutes reading up about it on Wikipedia. I am going to leave a link here for anyone else who stops by and is as interested as I was in the location for Danielle Ramsay’s books.


      I think that many areas of the country are looking a little ‘tired’ in the present climate of economic restraints. I know that in my county of residence, Somerset, that is definitely the case, although some of the smaller market towns are just about managing to hold their own and keep their heads above water.

      I too, now have a Kindle, although to be honest I also have so many physical books in my TBR mountain, that having any more on Kindle is a pretty fruitless exercise, unless I am going to live forever! The Kindle is however proving to be quite an asset when authors request a review, as most of them prefer to send their reading copies through as Kindle downloads.

      Crime/thriller fiction is by far my most favourite genre, although of course when an author requests a review, then you have to accept whatever genre is being proffered and provide a quality, unbiased review. I seem to be on something of a roll with romantic fiction review requests at the moment, but I do have the new Danielle Ramsay firmly in my sights and I hope that you enjoy reading ‘Vanishing Point’.

      I hope that this won’t be the only visit you make to Fiction Books and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

      Have a lovely weekend.

Written by Yvonne