Bits and pieces


I was born and raised in the Cotswolds and after time spent living in Cyprus and on the idyllic island of Hoy in the Orkneys, I’m now lucky enough to live in the beautiful rolling hills of the east Lancashire Pennines. It’s no surprise then that my mystery novels are set in the area. Hey, it saves on research trips.

People say it’s grim up north. It’s not. It’s beautiful. The weather leaves a lot to be desired but a bit of rain never hurt anyone, right?

My name is Shirley and I’m a dogaholic…

When I’m not writing or out walking with the dogs, I can be found at Turf Moor, home of Burnley Football Club - the mighty Clarets.

Currently, the Clarets are battling away in the Premier League. Whether they’ll be there this time next year remains to be seen. Fingers crossed…


I waited years - and years - to see the Sainted One, Leonard Cohen. Then I was lucky enough to see him 3 times in 18 months.

Apart from Mr Cohen, I listen to all sorts of music. A lot depends on the mood I’m in. If I’m in a bad, bad mood, it has to be Nickelback. Generally though, if you give me some Counting Crows, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, Meatloaf or Coldplay ... I’m happy.

Shirley Wells 2015