Caron Allan


Caron Allan writes cozy murder mysteries as well as not-so-cozy mysteries. Caron lives in Derby, England with her husband and two grown-up children. Caron is deeply interested in literature and social and cultural history, and has a bachelor's degree in those joint subjects.

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The first of Caron's diary-based, hitchcockesque trilogy, Criss Cross (Posh Hits Mysteries) was published in 2013, with the second, Cross Check, appearing in 2014. The third and final volume, Check Mate, came out in February 2016. These are murders 'not so mysterious' as, rather like Columbo, you see who did it and wonder how they will get away with it. The main character, Cressida, has been described in one five-star review as 'completely without morals...but you find yourself wishing her every success'.

A new cozy mystery series set in 1930s London is underway. and will feature Dottie Manderson, a young woman with a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, much to the annoyance of her mother and the delight of her sister. Dottie makes her debut in the novel Night and Day, due out in the Fall of 2016, with sequels The Mantle of God and The Last Perfect Summer of Richard Dawlish appearing during 2016 and 2017.

Other works include a short story collection, The Commuter's Friend available now as ebook or print book, and stand-alone novels Easy Living and The Refuge coming in 2016 and 2017.

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Publishing my eBook through Smashwords has enabled me to reach readers I otherwise wouldn't have been able to contact - those who want to read books on the go, on any device or even at home on their own computers, and this platform has also enabled me to reach a wider audience through it's distribution network.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A sense of achievement, a feeling of 'yes, I wrote that' at the end, and a glorious feeling that still takes me by surprised - that I am doing something I really love! Hopefully some of that is communicated in my writing and gives pleasure to the reader too.
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Where to find Caron Allan online

Where to buy in print


Night and Day - a Dottie Manderson mystery
Pre-release—available November 4, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
London 1932 Dottie Manderson stumbles on the body of a dying man in a night-time street. As she waits for help to arrive, she tries to get him to tell her what happened. But with his last breaths he sings some lines from a popular show. Why, Dottie wonders? Why sing instead of sending a message to his family? Dottie feels compelled to carry out her own investigation into the mysterious death.
Check Mate - a Posh Hits murder mystery - book 3
Series: Posh Hits. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,440. Language: British English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
We last saw Cressida Barker-Powell-Hopkins fighting for her life in hospital after being mowed down by her former best friend Monica in a late night hit and run. Cressida wakes heartbroken to find she has missed the birth of her own baby. Cressida vows vengeance in the third book of the trilogy. But her murdering skills are a bit rusty, and her enemy seems to have moved house. What can she do?
The Commuter's Friend - A collection of short and even shorter stories to make your journey fly by!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,440. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
I’ve collected together some of my favourite work. There are really short stories, aka flash fiction, and some longer pieces that will hopefully while away a longer journey and help you to forget about that bloke across from you sniffing every thirty seconds, or the person who keeps whistling under their breath or the one who has a really annoying ‘message received’ tone on their mobile. The
Cross Check - a Posh Hits murder mystery - book 2
Series: Posh Hits, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,310. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Cressida Barker-Powell, spoiled society girl and recent widow is back, and back with a vengeance. She is making a list and cross-checking it twice. If you’re on her list, you’re dead. No ifs. No buts. No maybes. She’s making the world a happier place for the few people she cares about, and if that means someone’s got to die to make that happen, so be it.
Criss Cross - a Posh Hits murder mystery - book 1
Series: Posh Hits, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 90,530. Language: British English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Spoilt society girl Cressida Barker-Powell plans to murder her unbearable mother-in-law. But when she arrives at the scene, she finds the old woman already dead. Obviously her best pal, Monica, has carried out the deed for her. Cressida decides to show her gratitude by killing off Monica’s philandering husband. After all, that’s what Monica wanted, right? Wrong

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