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Anna Smith is an award-winning Scottish journalist and author of crime drama novels.

Having spend a huge part of her life working for daily newspapers, covering conflicts from Somalia, Rwanda and Kosovo, to undertaking major investigations, and unmasking drug dealers and pedophiles, Anna is now a fulltime author.

She currently lives between her homes in Scotland, the West of Ireland and also in Spain whenever she wants to escape the inclement British weather.

More about Anna Smith

Genre: Crime Suspense

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • Spit Against the Wind (2003)
  • The Homecoming (2004)

Kerry Casey Series

  1. Blood Feud (2018)
  2. Fightback (2018)
  3. End Game (2019)

Rosie Gilmour Books

  1. The Dead Won't Sleep (2011)
  2. To Tell the Truth (2012)
  3. Screams in the Dark (2013)
  4. Betrayed (2014)
  5. A Cold Killing (2015)
  6. Rough Cut (2016)
  7. Kill Me Twice (2016)
  8. Death Trap (2017)
  9. The Hit (2017)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Spit Against the Wind

It's the summer of 1968 in an impoverished village in the west of Scotland.

As the school season draws nearer, ten-year-old Kathleen Slaven and her pals hope that the arrival of an American kid named Tony will mark the beginning all kinds of adventures for them.

The world is however a perilous place.

While they escape from reality by playing at TV heroes and film stars, their mothers grow old before their time on shattered promises.

As much as their fathers do the needful in the coal mines or by digging ditches in the harsh rain, they throw away all their earnings in alcohol and gambling.

And despite the optimism of the children, such are the tragedies of life.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0755303595
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
The Homecoming

It’s the 1960s in Westerbank, a small village in the south west of Scotland.

Contrary to popular belief, life isn’t just about rock'n'roll and drugs, but rather survival—struggling to make a living.

In such a tight-knit community, friendships run deep and the pub is a fun place to be, until everyone gets too pissed.

Joe McBride was under great suspicion when he left Westerbank fifteen years ago.

Now, he returns home a changed man ready to face the past.

Once the truth surrounding the mysterious death of a young girl a decade and a half ago is uncovered, nothing will ever be the same again in Westerbank.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0755321131
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing

Kerry Casey Series

Blood Feud

“They came for her family. Now she's coming for them.”

Kerry Casey thought she had created her own path, far away from the underhand dealings of her gangster family.

During the funeral of her brother Mickey, who was killed due to the violent nature of the job, Kerry's mother also ends up getting killed after a gunfight ensues.

Now left as the head of the Casey family, she is desperate for revenge.

Running a criminal enterprise is not something she ever asked for, nor is it what she wants, but Kerry is resolved to fulfill her father's wishes.

And the first order of business is to find the men who killed her mother…and make they pay.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1786486523
Publisher: Quercus Publishing

Kerry Casey has become a certified gangland boss. With the help of her business partner Sharon and her lawyer Marty, Kerry swiftly runs her criminal enterprise.

Her grand plan is to establish a property empire in Spain.

Her dangerous rivals in Glasgow, on the Costa del Sol and beyond, however don’t believe she has what it takes to defend her own yard, and as such are determined to destroy the Caseys.

And when the enemies finally hit where it hurts the most, Kerry must prepare for the fight of her life—for the sake of her business, her friends and her own survival.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1787473928
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
End Game

Just as Kerry Casey is beginning to recover from the physical and emotional exhaustion following the shocking events of Fight Back, the Glasgow gang leader is approached by London gangsters William 'Wolfie' Wolfe and his daughter Hannah.

Presented with millions of pounds worth of stolen diamonds and an offer of alliance in return for helping to sell them, Kerry quickly jumps at the opportunity.

The former owners of the diamonds whom Wolfie stole from will however do whatever it takes to recover them.

And to survive, Kerry and Hannah must stay one step ahead of their new foes.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1787474000
Publisher: Quercus Publishing

Rosie Gilmour Books

The Dead Won't Sleep

When a decomposed body is discovered on a beach near Glasgow, the victim is identified as Tracy Eadie—a fourteen year old prostitute and drug addict.

According to evidence handed to tabloid journalist Rosie Gilmour, Tracy's disappearance leads back to top cops in the city.

It seems that the teenage victim had a secret, one which she paid with her dear life.

Being a firm believer in justice, Rosie undertakes more investigation, unearthing a sinister network of corruption and child abuse that trails back to the very summit of the establishment.

Having found the story of a lifetime, will Rosie live long enough to tell it?

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0857384928
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
To Tell the Truth

Rosie Gilmour’s much earned vacation on Costa del Sol is interrupted following the news of the kidnapping of a three-year-old British girl from a Spanish beach.

Although nobody claims to have witnessed it, despite the fact that it happened in broad daylight, Rosie’s instincts have her digging up for clues.

The tabloid journalist gets her break when an illegal sex worker providers her with vital details about the abduction.

As it turns out, key information about the kidnapping is being withheld from the authorities thanks to corrupt politicians and ruthless human trafficking gangs.

With the life of an innocent child at stake, will Rosie complete her mission before it’s too late?

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1780872490
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Screams in the Dark

The year is 1999 in Glasgow.

Upon returning from a traumatic war experience in Kosovo, Rosie Gilmour is shocked to learn of the simmering resentment against refugees in Glasgow.

The once tolerant city which welcomed refugees from the likes of Bosnia and Rwanda has become sour due to the rising levels in poverty and unemployment.

As such, there is little concern when refugees mysteriously disappear, until the mutilated body of an Albanian man is discovered.

Whereas police believe racist vigilantes are responsible for the recent killings, it turns out to be an international organ harvesting trade ring.

Who is behind the ominous trade and why aren’t the authorities pursuing those responsible?

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1780871202
Publisher: Quercus Publishing

Having recuperated from her injuries, crime reporter Rosie Gilmour begins looking into the disappearance of barmaid Wendy Graham from an infamous Rangers’ pub with rumored UVF ties.

When two minor drug dealers are murdered, Rosie comes to learn--from a friend of the missing girl--of a sinister plan to import drugs using Glasgow Rangers’ fan trips to European games.

From Glasgow to Holland and to the ancient city of Seville, Rosie will once again risk it all in her desperate search to uncover the truth.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1780871240
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
A Cold Killing

After spending some time hiding in Bosnia, crime reporter Rosie Gilmour is lured back by a story of epic proportions.

A university lecturer named Tom Mahoney was shot and killed at point blank range, with all signs pointing towards a possible hit.

But who would want a retired lecturer dead?

As she dives head first into the investigation, Rosie desperately searches for a missing witness who could hold the key to solving the case.

The shrewd crime reporter soon discovers that Mahoney had a past that is darker beyond anyone’s imagination.

Will she uncover the truth before Mahoney's killers silence her for good?

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1848664296
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Rough Cut

A young Pakistani bride dies after falling from a window. After talking to the family, crime reporter Rosie Gilmour is convinced that there is more to the story than an unfortunate accident.

Two prostitutes, Nikki and Julie, steal a briefcase from a client who dies in their company. And they have more than just the man’s death to worry about after they find valuable rough diamonds and several fake passports inside the briefcase.

A young Pakistani girl named Laila mysteriously disappears after being forced to marry a much older man in Pakistan.

These three cases, which are all related, could very well end up costing Rosie her life.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1848664326
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Kill Me Twice

When Scottish supermodel Bella Mason falls to her death from the top of a luxurious hotel in Madrid, everyone assumes she took her own life: everyone except Millie Chambers.

But who would ever believe an alcoholic? Either way, being the wife to a bullish politician has helped Millie know all the dirty little secrets at the very heart of Westminster power.

Meanwhile, Rosie Gilmour’s investigation into Bella’s life leads her to the victim’s brother. A homeless heroin addict with nothing else to lose, Dan reveals terrifying details about organized sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow—a story which Bella died before revealing to the world.

A rot is at the heart of the British Establishment and Rosie won’t rest until she brings everything to light.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1784294793
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Death Trap

Crime reporter Rosie Gilmour knows that she is in a world of trouble after serial killer Thomas Boag escapes police custody just moments after making his first court appearance.

Boag was responsible for butchering young gay men Glasgow, and it was Rosie’s exclusive story that led to his arrest. She even appeared to witness him being put behind bars for good, only for him to flee.

On the very same day, Rosie learns of a brutal act of modern day slavery at a farm just outside the city.

The more she investigates, the more she learns of terrifying secrets. And with the city under lockdown, the dark cloud of a serial killer on the loose still hangs dangerous over her head.

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1784294830
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
The Hit

A money-laundering accountant disappears without a trace in Romania.
The assassin hired for the job is then taken out of the equation after his body is discovered in a Glasgow apartment.

The owner of the flat, who happens to be the widow of the accountant, however claims not to know anything.

Skeptical of Helen Lewis's open pretence, crime reporter Rosie Gilmour embarks on a mission to uncover the truth—convinced that Helen gave the green light for the killing of her husband.

Upon conducting investigation, Rosie learns that Helen's husband actually worked for a ring of criminals selling babies from Romanian orphanages.

Now with two sets of criminals to bring to justice, will she expose them before they silence her for good?

Author: Anna Smith
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1784294854
Publisher: Quercus Publishing