AV Iain

Biography

Crime, suspense, mystery . . . and maybe even a dash of old-fashioned horror at times, AV Iain writes tales that will get you sinking your fingernails into your sofa cushions, clutching your pillow to your chest and checking the front door is locked . . . just one more time.

His main series feature snarky female assassin Anna Harris and fearsome, yet brilliant, go-it-alone crime-solver Bradshaw.

Look out for his spine-chilling short stories too, including ‘Find Five Limbs,’ ‘Arrival / Departure,’ ‘Submarine,’ and many more!

Follow him at www.aviain.com

Where to find AV Iain online


Where to buy in print


Books

Life’s Little Miseries
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Jack Hegarty, a retired and weary private detective, seeks solace. His wife? Gone. His job? Gone too. And, on the near-deserted island where he makes his home, there’s murder afoot. A chilling mystery of power, influence and brutality. Life’s Little Miseries: A Short Story.
Look Again: A Short Story Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,480. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
A bathroom breakdown. A death match. Damp wood with a history. Moonshine. And a hotel with its share of secrets. Five short stories to distress, spook and tantalise. Includes: Random Acts of Silence, Tennis for Two, Never-Ending Tree House, Turbulent Strides Dandy, Voices from the Cornice. Look Again: A Short Story Collection.
Turbulent Strides Dandy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Sarah knows her daddy keeps his liquor cabinet off limits. But the kids at school want to celebrate their final day. Before they head into the exam period. And Sarah wouldn’t dream of disappointing them. Would she? A story of peer pressure and its consequences. Turbulent Strides Dandy: A Short Story.
Never-Ending Tree House
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
For Samantha the tree house at the bottom of her garden represents far more than mouldy wood and rusted nails. It holds deep and dark memories. Of times she would rather forget. A story of tragedy, long-ago repressed. Never-Ending Tree House: A Short Story.
Random Acts of Silence
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A face in the mirror. A hanged man in the bathroom. And no escape. The worst part? It’s all in Julian’s head. Random Acts of Silence: A Short Story.
Breakfast Beyond
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Bradshaw: loner, outcast, mastermind. He thought he could get away for just one day. He was wrong. A story of greed and recklessness. Breakfast Beyond: A Bradshaw Short Story.
Tied to Life, United in Death
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Bradshaw: loner, outcast, mastermind. Down in the caves nobody hears you scream. But one man answers the echo. A story of the unkindness of strangers. Tied to Life, United in Death: A Bradshaw Short Story.
Tennis for Two
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Veteran international tennis superstar—Harold Frankly—battles with his arch nemesis in a match which holds so much more weight than a mere career-ending exhibition. With five million dollars on the line, and a chance to pay off all those lingering debts that threaten to smother him, Frankly must win. At any cost. A grim tale of desperation in the face of hope. Tennis for Two: A Short Story.
Snapping Teeth
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Even all-round scumbags like Derek Wrombsford need to get their teeth checked on occasion. And even there, in the most unassuming of places, they cannot escape their domain. Or its brutality. A tale which warns that sometimes a trip to the dentist can have deadly consequences. Snapping Teeth: A Short Story.
Hear Me
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Series: Anna Harris Short Stories · Anna Harris. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. The countryside: a refuge, a chance to get away. But, for Anna Harris, it simply means another hit. Hear Me: An Anna Harris Short Story.
Blood Snow
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Series: Anna Harris. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. Nobody attends Brian Mathewson’s functions for the food, the entertainment neither. They come for the connections. And they always leave satisfied. Except when they don’t leave at all . . . Blood Snow: An Anna Harris Short Story.
Voices from the Cornice
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,820. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Edmund Stanforth seeks to close an account. But, to do so, he must venture to one of his least favourite locales. The countryside. And when he finds no option but to stay a night at the tumbledown fleapit, the Hilberthrudge Royale, he might well go crazy. But it has to end sometime, doesn’t it? A chilling story of manipulation and hidden power. Voices from the Cornice: A Short Story.
The Man in the Murderer
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mundanity reigns on Dorchester Avenue. . . . Except when it doesn’t. A tale of quiet horror and disturbing secrets brought out into the harsh light of day. The Man in the Murderer: A Short Story.
Blood Sports
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Series: Anna Harris Novels, Book 2 · Anna Harris, Book 2. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 67,330. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. She heads for Spain. Beating sun. Blue skies. Fresh lime juice. What could possibly go wrong? A twisting, turning story which proves that you can run from your problems but they will always find you. Blood Sports: the second Anna Harris novel.
Hotel Paraiso
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Series: Anna Harris Short Stories · Anna Harris. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. Following the events of Blood Sports, Anna heads on home. A seedy airport hotel awaits in an account of just how wrong things can go when your flight gets cancelled. Hotel Paraiso: An Anna Harris Short Story.
Trench Coat Country: The First Bradshaw Short Story Collection
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Series: Bradshaw. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,160. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Bradshaw: loner, outcast, mastermind. Nothing quiet about the country . . . A mystifying collection which includes five Bradshaw short stories: Case Number One, Taking Care of the Neighbours, Death and the Duchess, Tied to Life, United in Death, Breakfast Beyond. Trench Coat Country: The First Bradshaw Short Story Collection.
Letting Loose Crazy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Fresh-faced journalist Aiden Keppler hits East Nutsley to cover the event everyone calls Letting Loose Crazy: ‘A day of unchecked madness and mayhem,’ as they term it. But when Aiden shows up, he finds the village strangely deserted and his hopes of a scoop fade. As do his hopes of escaping with his life. Also includes the bonus story ‘Suitcase.’ A short story
Death and the Duchess
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Series: Bradshaw. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Bradshaw: loner, outcast, mastermind. A burned-out bookshop in a rural village. The depths of winter. Two charred bodies. No clues. Arson? Perhaps. Murder? Most definitely. A hard-hitting tale that proves, once and for all, that time presents no obstacle to a firmly held grudge. Death and the Duchess: a Bradshaw short story.
Marsh
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Terry Cullum struggles to find the right moment to pop the question to his girlfriend. But when he drives his car into a ditch in the middle of the countryside, it somehow seems the perfect time. The only way to salvage a truly terrible day. A strangely heart-warming tale which finds romance in the unlikeliest of places. Also includes the bonus story ‘Snail Trail.’ A short story.
Arrival / Departure
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
After years abroad, Louie turns up unannounced on his parents’ doorstep. They hardly recognise one another. But Louie still recognises the same resentment which bubbles just below the surface. It threatens to spill over at any second. The resentment which sent him away in the first place. But which may not allow him to leave again. A creeping tale of memory, and retribution. A short story.
Case Number One
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Series: Bradshaw. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,920. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Bradshaw: loner, outcast, mastermind. A coat hanger. An electrical socket. A dead body. What did a pair of jaded detectives fail to spot? A spell-binding tale of jealousy, ruthlessness and crime-solving genius. Case Number One: a Bradshaw short story.
Taking Care of the Neighbours
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Series: Bradshaw. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Bradshaw: loner, outcast, mastermind. Three dead bodies. A pair of rookie officers. One crime-solving genius. But can they find the killer? A puzzling story of pent-up anger and fury at last unleashed. Taking Care of the Neighbours: a Bradshaw short story.
Dressed to Kill: An Anna Harris Collection
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Series: Anna Harris · Anna Harris Short Stories. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,120. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. This collection includes three Anna Harris short stories ‘Hate Mail,’ ‘Blue Lights’ and ‘Domestic Goddess.’ Stories of non-stop action and chilling suspense. Dressed to Kill: An Anna Harris Collection.
Blue Lights
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Series: Anna Harris · Anna Harris Short Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,260. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. The law: often fallible. The right thing: never. A high-stakes story of justice and nightmarish aspiration. Blue Lights: an Anna Harris short story
Submarine
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Sinking to the bottom of the sea. Yvonne, the ship’s doctor, finds herself in the midst of a killing spree devised by a maniacal fellow crewmember while aboard a submarine. Backed into her quarters, she knows the only chance of getting out alive depends on her reaching the controls and surfacing the craft. Easier said than done. A nightmarish short story about the refusal to forgive.
Polar Hell
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Please send help. Dan’s estranged father always had a taste for adventure, so perhaps inevitably he decides to take Dan, and his brother, on a trip to the Arctic.One ill-fated turn after another, and Dan finds himself and his brother very much alone. And running for their lives. A tense account of an adventure gone horribly wrong. A short story.
Don’t Look Now: A Short Story Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,000. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A long-held, horrific secret. An empty town. A wild expedition. A love-sick wanderer. And an ill-fated business venture. Short stories to shock, sicken and horrify. Includes: Dragon on the Hill, Letting Loose Crazy, Polar Hell, Rambler, Nigel. And also the bonus story ‘Avenue of Broken Glass.’ Don’t Look Now: A Short Story Collection.
Nigel
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A bad day to be alive. Independent mining. The real path to riches. Or so believes Jens. He knows just the place. He brings along his friends Heider and Nigel. But then disaster strikes and the dream of a quick fortune rapidly turns into an unforeseen nightmare. A chilling tale of long-awaited revenge and those who seek it. A short story.
Look Behind You: A Short Story Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,950. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A dismemberment. An artist gone wild. A dampened homecoming. Ill-timed romance. And sinking to the bottom of the sea. Short stories to startle, stun and terrify. Includes: Find Five Limbs, Cold Hearts, Arrival / Departure, Marsh and Submarine. Look Behind You: A Short Story Collection.
Avenue of Broken Glass
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Desperation: more than an art project. Sim has a talent for the macabre. And a merciless means of obtaining it. They admire him for it, and fear him for it too. And this term’s assignment might just push him over the edge. An unnerving account which begs the question: when does art overstep the line? A short story.
Domestic Goddess
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Series: Anna Harris · Anna Harris Short Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. Home: A refuge. A shelter from the outside world. A prison? A thrilling account of extreme peril and insurmountable odds. Domestic Goddess: an Anna Harris short story
Find Five Limbs
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Just as day is dawning, arms and legs are falling. Dismembered limbs show up about the city. Detective Eric Collins must put them back together again. And find the killer. But when his babysitter arrives late, the task seems impossible. A spine-chilling mystery which shows that when you go to work, you should leave what you most love at home. A short story.
Cold Hearts
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
All alone, and no one around. Reeling from a disastrous weekend trip to visit his girlfriend, Terry Hill has car troubles. He pulls into the nearest town, hoping to find a garage, or someone who can help him out. But he finds the town mysteriously empty. A hair-raising story of how one wrong turn can spell disaster. A short story.
Rambler
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Memories out in the rain and fog. When Peter’s girlfriend goes missing, he travels to her last known location in the hope of uncovering some clue to her disappearance. But he finds nothing in the wind and rain. And he wonders if she ever existed at all. A desolate tale of despair and the loss of someone you never really knew. A short story.
Dragon on the Hill
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
A countryside getaway. Up above the mountain town of Sesney, Mildred escapes the past. She sells snacks and refreshments to weekending City People. The same people who she secretly resents. City People wish to drag up old dust, and reveal her horrific secret for all to know. A dark glimpse into a distraught and crumbling life. Dragon on the Hill: A short story.
Good Press
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Series: Anna Harris, Book 1 · Anna Harris Novels, Book 1. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 70,300. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. Until now. An ambitious politician. A publicist. And an assassin. Are the stakes too high? Good Press: the first Anna Harris novel.
Hate Mail
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Series: Anna Harris · Anna Harris Short Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,410. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Snarky, ill-tempered and alone: Anna Harris kills for money. Weightier pay cheques. Bigger risks. Longer bills. She can see no way of turning work down. Everyone deserves to live in peace. Some can even afford it. A skull-scratching tale of minor celebrity and undesired post. Hate Mail: an Anna Harris short story.

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