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Susan Wilkins is a British bestselling author of suspense, mystery and thriller novels.

She is best known for writing crime fiction series such as Detective Jo Boden, Detective Megan Thomas, and Kaz Phelps.

A graduate of law, Wilkins surprisingly never practiced, but rather fell in love with the world of television.

Throughout her staggering 25 years in television, Wilkins created the pioneering BBC detective drama South of the Border, and registered more 130 broadcast credits to her name–key among them being Casualty and Holby City, Heartbeat, Coronation Street and Eastenders.

Upon leaving her television career, she turned to novel writing, making her debut in 2014 with The Informant, the first of the Kaz Phelps books.

Wilkins currently lives in Devon, England where she gets to walk by the sea on a daily basis.

More about Susan Wilkins

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • It Should Have Been Me (2019)
  • A Killer's Heart (2020)

Detective Jo Boden

  1. She's Gone (2021)
  2. Her Perfect Husband (2022)
  3. Lie Deny Repeat: Who's deceiving who? (2022)
  4. See Me Fall (2023)

Detective Megan Thomas

  1. Buried Deep (2020)
  2. Close to the Bone (2020)

Kaz Phelps

  1. The Informant (2014)
  2. The Mourner (2015)
  3. The Killer (2016)
Detective Megan Thomas

Detailed book overview

Non Series

It Should Have Been Me

She thought she knew everything about her sister. It seems she was wrong . . .

DC Jo Boden was eleven years old when her older sister, Sarah, was brutally murdered during her first year at University. Her boyfriend, Nathan Wade, was convicted of the killing.

Now, sixteen years later, Wade is being released on license and documentary film-maker, Briony Rowe, says she can prove his innocence.

The Boden family has never recovered from the tragedy, and they have always been certain that Wade is guilty. But Jo, who grew up believing her sister was perfect in every way, starts to question the evidence which put Wade behind bars. And perhaps Sarah harbored some very dark secrets of her own . . .

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1509804542
Publisher: Pan Books
A Killer's Heart

A heart transplant saved him… but the search for the truth could cost him his life.

A heart transplant saved Adam Hardy's life. But as he recovers from surgery, strange visions surface. Adam’s organ donor wasn’t killed in an accident – he was murdered.

As Adam frantically tries to untangle the truth, reports of a deadly new virus start to emerge.

Felicity Oldroyd, the Chief Medical Officer for England, is in a race against time to contain the pandemic. But the way the virus is spreading raises some disturbing questions. Together with police from Counter Terrorism Command, she battles to identify the source of the outbreak and ensure her country’s survival.

Adam's memory could provide the vital clue. Can he help Felicity and the police get to the truth before it’s too late?

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1916901254
Publisher: Herkimer Limited

Detective Jo Boden

She's Gone

This is the fear she’s had from the beginning, the fear every mother has, of a loss too terrible to bear.

Marcia Lennox has a life most people would envy: a loving husband, Harry, a beautiful and clever daughter, Phoebe, a high-flying career, and a pristine London home.

But in her third week at university, Phoebe disappears. She leaves her phone, her credit cards and all her possessions in her room.

Detective Sergeant Jo Boden is new to Cambridge, just finding her feet after leaving the Met, when Phoebe’s case lands on her desk.

The police track Phoebe’s last known movements. But as Jo investigates, she begins to suspect the worst. A young love affair gone wrong? A botched kidnap attempt? An ex out for revenge?

Clinging to the hope that Phoebe will be found, Marcia discovers her daughter had a secret life she had hidden from her parents.

And Marcia knows about secrets. Her carefully constructed life is a front, created to escape her own past. Estranged from her own family, with a marriage on the verge of breakdown, Marcia must find the courage to return; a journey that drags her from her safe London bubble back to the wilds of East Anglia and the desolate Norfolk Fens.

Can she face her demons to save her child?

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1916901216
Publisher: Herkimer Limited
Her Perfect Husband

She thinks he’s perfect. But is he playing her for a fool?

In a tangle of twisted passions and lies, the path of love leads to obsession and murder.

Sophie Latham is a successful businesswoman used to getting what she wants. At thirty-nine, with her biological clock ticking, she wants a baby and marriage to her gorgeous personal trainer, Ollie Harmon.

He’s five years younger, and her family think he’s not good enough. But she marries him three months after they first meet.

What Sophie doesn’t know, is Ollie has a younger half-sister. Kristin Kelly is a supermodel; used by men her entire life and hounded by the paparazzi, she’s ended up the trophy wife of a controlling billionaire, Sir Gerald Sullivan.

When Ged is accused of murder, Sophie must choose. Can she lie to the police to protect her fragile sister-in-law? Detective Jo Boden, from the Major Investigations Team, is asking probing questions.

Inevitably, Ged and Sophie lock horns; then Kristin tells Sophie a terrible secret. Ollie is desperate to rescue his sister from Ged’s abusive clutches. And Sophie knows she must help.

But how? As Sophie’s fairytale romance spirals into a waking nightmare, she discovers she’s neither as smart nor as good as she thinks.

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1916901278
Publisher: Herkimer Limited
Lie Deny Repeat: Who's deceiving who?

If everyone is lying, who do you trust?

A marriage gone bad…

When Cheryl met Xan nine years ago, she was a struggling single parent with a five-year-old son. Xan was her knight in shining armor. Now they have two children, and he’s hell-bent on turning her research work into a business that could make billions. But does he still love her? It doesn’t feel like that to Cheryl, as she tries to turn a blind eye to her husband’s infidelities and rescue her marriage.

A dangerous affair…

Xan is obsessed with making money. A business deal brings Hannah into his life. She’s a young woman driven by ambition, who knows how to use her looks to get what she wants. He can’t resist her. But the lies they tell each other, and Cheryl, soon spiral out of control. And a toxic mix of lust, ambition, and greed drags all three of them down into dark waters.

A deadly outcome…

The police recover a body from a fast flowing river swollen with winter rain. Detective Jo Boden, from the Major Investigations Team, must ask the question: is it an accident or could it be murder?

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1916901292
Publisher: Herkimer Limited
See Me Fall

Two sisters in conflict since childhood clash over the truth.

A brutal assault…

When Emma wakes up naked and bruised in a strange apartment with no memory of how she got there, she knows she’s been raped. Fearing her assailant is still there, she flees. Her older sister, Rachel, a senior detective and head of the Major Investigations Team, persuades her to go to the police.

DS Jo Boden is called in to investigate the crime, and the pressure is on to handle the case with sensitivity.

An inexplicable murder…

But as the police inquiry unfolds, Rachel suspects Emma is lying. The business partner of Rachel’s husband is found murdered, and Emma becomes a suspect.

A family ripped apart…

Can Emma and Rachel overcome their mutual distrust and confront a chilling threat that could wreck both their lives?

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1739249311
Publisher: Herkimer Limited

Detective Megan Thomas

Buried Deep

Megan has to climb round and step across the body to get a proper view. What’s left is like a chalk white mask in the rough shape of a face. The innocence is still there, and a hint of the cheekiness. But perhaps she is imagining that.

Detective Megan Thomas moved to Devon for a fresh start, after years spent undercover. She’s staying with her sister and swimming in the sea daily, battling the tides and letting the waves wash her past away. But she can’t outrun everything.

On her first day back, she’s called to a murder. The body lies deep in an underground bunker, and when Megan forces herself to look, it triggers a panic attack. As her heart races and her breathing stalls, she realizes she’s not sure if she can go back to life in a regular crime unit. Her memories are too powerful to be buried – maybe too powerful to let her do her job.

But when another body is found on the stretch of beach where she swims every day, Megan remembers why she joined the force, and what she’s fighting for. The victim came to the police for help, and Megan knows they failed her. She won’t rest until she gets answers. But how can she find justice for others, when she’s no longer sure of herself?

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838885182
Publisher: Bookouture
Close to the Bone

‘Detective Thomas, there’s no easy way to say this. We’ve brought Debbie in for questioning.’

‘You mean my sister Debbie? What are you talking about? You’ve arrested my sister?’

‘Megan, she’s our prime suspect.’

Detective Megan Thomas hoped that moving to Devon would mean a quiet life. Her years undercover in London left her broken and alone, unsure if she would ever recover. Slowly, she’s learning to work with a team and trust other people. But when her sister Debbie finds the body of local businessman Greg Porter, that peace is shattered.

Porter’s wife and children don’t seem entirely grief-stricken, and his business dealings are not all they appear to be. So why are the police so determined to focus on Debbie? And why is she acting so suspiciously? When Megan learns what happened between Porter and Debbie, it threatens to tear the family apart, and forces her to ask if her beloved sister could really have done something so terrible.

Her boss won’t allow her anywhere near the case, leaving Megan on the sidelines. Caught between the job she loves, and what she feels she must do, Megan finds herself faced with an impossible decision. She’s desperate to save her sister, but what if Debbie is lying? When a second body and a surprise confession takes the case into even muddier waters, Megan must decide where her loyalty lies – with her family, or the truth.

And whatever choice she makes, will she be able to live with herself?

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838885205
Publisher: Bookouture

Kaz Phelps

The Informant

a story of ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, obsessive love and the villainy that operates on both sides of the law.

As a drug-fueled teenage tearaway, Kaz Phelps took the rap for her little brother Joey over a bungled armed robbery and went to jail.

Six years later she's released on license. Clean and sober, and driven by a secret passion for her lawyer, Helen, Kaz wants to escape the violence and abuse of her Essex gangster family.

Joey is a charming, calculating and cold psychopath. He worships the ground Kaz walks on and he's desperate to get her back in the family firm. All Kaz wants is a fresh start and to put the past behind her.

When Joey murders an undercover cop, DS Nicci Armstrong is determined to put him behind bars. What she doesn't realize is that her efforts are being sabotaged by one of their own and the Met is being challenged at the highest level.

The final test for Kaz comes when her cousin, Sean, gets out of jail. He is a vicious, old-school thug and wants to show Kaz who is boss. Kaz may be tough enough to face down any man, but is she strong enough to turn her back on her family and go straight?

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1447241423
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
The Mourner

If she can't get justice, will she settle for vengeance?

Kaz Phelps has escaped her brother and her criminal past to become an anonymous art student in Glasgow. But can life under the witness protection scheme ever give her the freedom she craves?

Banged up and brooding, Joey Phelps faces thirty years behind bars. Still, with cash and connections on the outside, can an overstretched prison system really contain him?

Helen Warner, once Kaz's lawyer and lover, is a rising star in Parliament. But has she made the kind of enemies who have no regard for the democratic process, or even the law?

Ousted from the police and paralyzed by tragic personal loss, Nicci Armstrong is in danger of going under. Can a job she doesn't want with a private security firm help her to put her life back on track?

A murder dressed up as suicide and corruption that goes to the heart of government unite ex-cop and ex-con in a deadly quest to learn the truth. What they discover proves what both have always known - villainy is rife on both sides of the law.

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1447241447
Publisher: Pan Books
The Killer

She was a woman, so they thought she'd be easy to kill . . .

Kaz Phelps is on the run - from the past, from the legacy of her criminal family, from the haunting memories of her murdered lover. The police want her back in jail and her enemies want her dead. While standing by the grave of her gangster brother, Kaz realizes she only has one option. To fight back.

Nicci Armstrong was one of the Met's best detectives until personal tragedy forced her to quit. Now she's responsible for the security of the super-rich who use her city as a playground. She is one of the few people Kaz might trust. But Nicci's biggest mistake yet is falling in love with a man she knows is only using her.

Meanwhile, as envious rivals back home plot against him, a Russian billionaire searches for a special gift to keep the Kremlin onside, a disgraced politician dreams of revenge and a Turkish drug baron plots to purge his dishonor with blood.

Author: Susan Wilkins
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1509804351
Publisher: Pan Books