On Jan 7th, I'll be launching Crime Girl Gang, a new true crime podcast, with two other crime writers, Niki Mackay (author of I, Witness) and Elle Croft (author of The Guilty Wife and The Other Sister).
Over the course of a series, we'll examine real life cold cases from around the world and then solve them from a fictional perspective. Think Serial meets Castle with a friends on the sofa feel.
The first three episodes focus on the mystery of the ‘Angel in the Meadow’- the remains of a murder victim from the 1970s unearthed by construction workers in Manchester city centre, and still unidentified five years after being discovered- and they'll be available to download from iTunes from 7th January 2019.
Sneak Preview of Season 1:
Case #1: The Angel in the Meadow (UK)
Five years ago, construction workers in Manchester city centre happened upon the remains of a murder victim from the 1970s. Despite a widespread appeal for information, the victim still hasn’t been identified and her killer hasn’t been brought to justice.
Case #2: The Murder of Betty Gail Brown (US)
Unsolved for 56 years, the murder of university student, Betty Gail Brown is one of the country’s most notorious cold cases. Betty was found in her car after a late night study session, strangled to death with her own bra. But no-one (not even the man who confessed to her murder and was later found not guilty) appears to have had a motive for killing her.
Case #3: The Mystery of the Somerton Man (Australia)
In 1948, a man was found dead on a beach near Adelaide. In his pocket was a scrap of paper torn from a book. On it was the Persian phrase taman shud (meaning ended or finished.) The case attracted intense international attention, not least because of the possible involvement of a secret code at a time of heightening Cold War tensions. Yet despite help over the years from both the FBI and Scotland Yard, the victim has never been identified- and the cause of death has never been conclusively proven.