Verity Long Series

Verity Long is the feisty, self-opinionated researcher for a famous crime writer. Her amateur sleuthing and tangled lovelife have kept readers around the world entertained and amused.

Strictly Murder

The estate agent's details listed two reception rooms, kitchen and bath. What they failed to mention was the dead celebrity in the master bedroom. Personal assistant Verity Long's house hunt is about to turn into a hunt for a killer. It will take some fancy footwork to navigate the bitchy world of dance shows, television studios, and dangerously gorgeous male co-stars. When Verity looks like the killer's next tango partner, she discovers that this dance is ... Strictly Murder.

Twenty-seven 5* reviews on Amazon UK:

This is a light-hearted cosy mystery with a touch of romance. Just the sort of escapism which I enjoy but with attractive characters that I cared about. It was also a refreshing change to read a modern book which isn't full of bad language! I'm now looking forward to the next book in the series when it is released. Kew "kbports" (england

 Fabulous. Not the usual thing I read (I prefer chic lit) however I thoroughly enjoyed this as it's not too heavy reading, in fact it is hard to put down. Loved the characters especially Verity.
I shall definitely be buying the sequel. Janice (Newcastle, England)

Seven 5* reviews on

An excellent and entertaining read. I look forward to reading more books about Verity. Koala.

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Organized Murder

Ernie Rutland, dead and hanging from the organ in St Isidores's church, was not how Verity Long expected to meet the man her crime-writer boss sent her to find. Curious about the victim and determined to hunt down the killer, Verity becomes involved with a waspish group of thespians, and all the murky muck-raking of small-town gossip.

Verity's burgeoning romance with Detective Inspector Jerry Farish is threatened by the arrival of a ghost from her past, further complicating the search for the killer. With a spate of major burglaries and bank robberies keeping her detective busy and the killer closing in on her, Verity must decide whether to live up to her name - or to follow her heart.

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 A Novel Way To Die.


“Fancy a weekend in the country? I can offer you murder, mayhem, poison, and possibly a little sex.”

Clearly not an opportunity to be missed. So, when Verity Long's boss invites her to attend a crime writers' workshop, she looks forward to a relaxing stay at a country house hotel, doing nothing more challenging than exploring the Elizabethan manor and changing the slides of a PowerPoint presentation.

But the body in the library is no fiction. And there are plenty of clever writers around, all with motive, all capable of plotting the perfect murder. Soon Verity must call on all her sleuthing skills to solve the case before the police step in and arrest the wrong person.
A Novel Way To Die is a 30,000 word novella in the Verity Long series of comedy whodunits/cozy mysteries. Available from Amazon worldwide via this link:
Scouting For Murder

Be Prepared …for murder!

When Verity Long agrees to take a friend's daughter to Brownies, what she expects is to drop the child off and spend a quiet evening in her favourite wine bar. Instead she finds a hysterical Brown Owl and a corpse in the Scout hut.

But Verity, researcher for a best-selling crime novelist, has made a career out of being curious. Determined to investigate, Verity seizes the chance to cook for the Brownies' imminent holiday at a nearby Scout campsite in her search for the truth.

Sacrificing her customary gourmet diet to serve up sausages and pizzas might be tough for the amateur sleuth with a fondness for murder, men, and Merlot; it is child's play compared to unravelling the dark secrets of the Scout group.
With dead Scout leaders piling up around her and a killer still keen to earn their Murder badge, Verity is about to become the next victim of a madman Scouting For Murder.
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