This is what GIMME MORE looked like in the UK.

A day in the life...

The day begins - often at 6 am. If I've had an interesting dream I'll write it down before it dissolves in daylight.

Sometimes I have dreams that are useful for work and sometimes the're just spectacularly bizarre. But they're as close to my subconscious as I care to get and, who knows, they might be the most fun I'll have all day.

Thinking and working are best begun before the phone starts ringing. And I treat emails like the post - I deal with them once a day and don't touch them otherwise.

On a virtuous day I'll have done between 3 and 4 hours work before 11 am, and by then I will be a bibbling idiot, incapable of reason and if I have one thought left in my head it would die of loneliness. So I go out, have a cup of tea, raid the supermarket, spend an hour hurting myself at the gym, do the domestic things, have lunch, talk to friends and family - the stuff of life.

Sometimes I can work after lunch but most often I tend to do admin - both professional and domestic. I never have a nap and I can't imagine who told you I did. Probably the same sneak who told you I watch TV when everybody knows I do highbrow stuff like reading Plato, going to classical concerts and the theatre.

Obviously I spend the evening wandering the moors, talking to myself and gazing at the sunset. And if anyone says they've seen me in a pub, playing cribbage with my best friend and enjoying a pint of a local brew (Butcombe) they're lying.

Recent Works

About Lady Bag

Sara Paretsky says: ‘…made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up for a whole novel… Lady Bag is … perfectly realized…’

Peter Lovesey says: ‘A great read. Lady Bag is a wonderful addition to your line-up of unforgettable women characters… I was deeply involved in her life and situation from page one. Great dialogue as ever and some gorgeous imagery… It all added up to a book I’m sorry to close.’

Mat Coward (reviewing in The Morning Star): ‘… it’s the sharp writing as much as the unusual setting that makes this book such a joy. Cody’s dialogue is always funny and full of purpose, and here she’s found her perfect protagonist – a creative mangler of platitudes, and uncontrollable shredder of pomp and hypocrisy.’

You can seem to have your life under control, but when something shocking and scary happens, you soon learn who your friends are.

What's the story behind the brutal murder of musical phenom Elly Astoria?

Here's the first page of "Mr. Bo" in January's EQMM. Did it give you the taste for more...?

This is what the American edition looks like.

Birdie Walker—rock widow, con-woman, ageing wild child—now lives by her wits: Unsentimental self-interest sees her through but no one could call it pretty.

Twenty years ago she and her now-deceased rockstar lover were the most famous couple alive. The public treasures its outrageous memories, but she’s still the woman everyone loves to hate. Media darling, media demon, she fights with fame and infamy alike.

But when music biz executives get wind that she’s hiding valuable, never-released tapes, she learns more than she ever wanted to know about the music business, its predatory attitude toward youth and talent, and exactly what it takes to survive...

The American edition was published November 1st, 2009.

ISBN-10 1-932859-65-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-932859-65-2
Mystery Paperback Original 304 pp
Bloody Brits Press imprint of Bywater Books

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LUCKY DIP and Other Stories
The title story was honored by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with its "Anthony" for Best Short Story.

As a group the stories emphasize women who are ensnared in situations not of their own making, but who (usually) survive and (sometimes) prosper. They run from 2 lighthearted ones set in Florida, "Where’s Stacey" and "A Card or a Kitten" to the dark "Woke Up One Morning," written especially for this collection. In their advertising the publishers say they think it will be recognized as one of the finest crime and mystery stories of the decade.

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The first of the Anna Lee series, Dupe was republished in the US in 2005 by Felony & Mayhem. ISBN-10: 1933397144 The novel won the British Crime Writers' Association award for Best First Novel and it was also nominated for the MWA's Edgar for Best Novel. ISBN-13: 978-1933397146

Private detective Anna Lee first appeared in 1980 - about the same time (well, slighly before) the first appearances of VI Warshawski and Kinsey Millhone. Two books in the series (DUPE and BACKHAND) were Edgar nominees for Best Novel.

I wanted to write about a real woman doing a real job that she was qualified for.

Anna does also appear briefly in the Eva novels.

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With Eva, I wanted to write a character who was an unreliable narrator. We hear what happens from her mouth and in her language, but eventually we work out that we might see things differently if we were there instead of her.

BUCKET NUT won the CWA Silver Dagger and MUSCLEBOUND was given the German Marlowe Society award as best foreign mystery.

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Fay's journey through this story is fictional, but every insect bite and rash were based on my very real travels up the Rift Valley in Africa.

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Taken as a group, the three books include stories and other contributions from an amazing range of modern writers of crime fiction, if I do say so myself.

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Selected Works

Don't judge a book by its cover, or a bag lady by her appearance. "I didn't always look like this," she says. "Being barmy doesn't mean I'm stupid." Lady Bag does have her problems - her close relationship with cheap red wine, for example. When she gets hammered she talks to her dog. When she's extra-hammered her dog talks to her. Guess who makes better sense. She and her greyhound, Electra, wander through the streets of London, seeing a Dickensian side of the capital city that's only visible to the homeless. Together they accept the kindness or unkindness of strangers with the same wry patience. Until, on one dreadful day, they meet the Devil outside the National Portrait Gallery.
All Birdie Walker wants is some justice for her husband, Jack. But since Jack was a rock star and the justice has to come from the music business, Birdie absolutely has to take some extreme measures.Click on the title for more information.
Short stories
All my short stories up to 2003 are in this collection. It includes two written specially. Click on the title for a bit about how I came to write short stories and more information.
The Anna Lee series
I wrote six novels about Anna Lee. Click on the titles for more information.
The Bucket Nut Trilogy
Professional wrestler Eva Wylie appeared in three novels in the '90s. Click on the titles for more information.
Other stand-alone novels
RIFT is set in the Ethiopia of the 1970s. BALLAD is the story of a girl with a miraculous musical talent. MISS TERRY is the story of what happens to someone who looks different from her neighbours when a grisly discovery is made. Click on the titles for more information.
The story collections I co-edited for Britain's Crime Writers' Association.
In the early '90s I helped edit these three books - aiming them to be more annuals than anthologies. They include many things we're proud to have published. Click on the titles for more information.