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Katherine worked as a paramedic for fifteen years and uses that experience in her books. Read more.
Her series of crime novels featuring Sydney homicide detective Ella Marconi has won awards and is published internationally in multiple formats and translations. Read more.
Web Of Deceit.
Katherine's latest novel, Web Of Deceit, is out now. Reviewers have said "Howell blends fast-paced thriller with a sympathetic look at the private lives of single dad Alex, divorcee Jane, and Ella, who's madly in love with a man whose father she sent to jail. The personal and the criminal seem like two very different stories, but are they? Web of Deceit is indeed tangled, until it begins to unravel at high speed"; "Web of Deceit will keep you captivated until the very last line. It’s as if you’re riding in an ambulance, the siren wailing, and someone else is driving, their foot increasing the pressure on the accelerator as you’re taken on a ride, replete with running red lights, dodging cars and pedestrians; one you’ll never forget or regret", and "It was gripping enough to keep me glued for a single sitting stretching long into the night and it maintains Howell’s consistently excellent record of producing almost frenetically paced stories that manage not to feel rushed or lacking depth. There is a kind of surprising interconnectedness about Howell’s plots that I find particularly compelling and I loved this latest instalment about a man who survives a car crash only to die under a train later the same day." Read more.
Katherine's fifth novel, Silent Fear, was released in 2012. Reviewers said "One of the things that Howell does particularly well is to balance the personal and the professional, the paramedic and the cop lines ... the only real downside to SILENT FEAR is that you're going to have to be prepared before you start. It's flagged as "A Book You Can't Put Down", and they mean that. Emphatically" and "Exciting, authentic and a great read. I enjoyed Silent Fear and read it in one sitting, unwilling to put it down. Silent Fear is a page turner". Read more.
Katherine's fourth novel, Violent Exposure, was published in 2010. Reviewers said "Fast-paced, gutsy and intriguing, Violent Exposure will appeal primarily to female fans of both detective and forensic investigation stories, and can be read alone or as part of this very readable series" and "Howell writes short, tight scenes with authentic-sounding dialogue and relentless pacing ... she deftly illustrates the way insights into the ways of life and death are a new religion to crime readers". Read more.
Katherine's third Ella Marconi novel, Cold Justice, was released in 2010. It won the Sisters-In-Crime Davitt Award for Best Novel in 2011, making Katherine the only author to have won twice. Reviewers declared it "a powerful and high-adrenaline tale of murder and intrigue ... a captivating read for crime, action and mystery fans", while US bestselling author Tess Gerritsen said "COLD JUSTICE races like a speeding ambulance, delivering so many surprises and thrills that you'll scarcely have time to breathe. This was one of my favorite books of the year. Katherine Howell has written a real winner!" Read more.
The Darkest Hour.
Katherine's second novel, The Darkest Hour, was published in 2008, and won the Sisters-In-Crime Readers Choice Davitt Award. Reviewers said that "As with Frantic, I galloped through this book with my heart racing. Howell may have left the ambulance service but she can still drive a narrative at full speed with the sirens blaring. Pass me the oxygen, someone" and "Author Katherine Howell is a former Sydney paramedic and is set to do for that profession what US author Patricia Cornwell did for forensic pathologists." Read more.
Katherine's debut novel, Frantic, was published in 2007, and won the Sisters-In-Crime Davitt Award for Best Novel. Reviewers described the book as "a fast-paced and involving read . . . a real page-turner that will certainly appeal to fans of medical-based crime thrillers" and "a ripper of a yarn, told with verve and feeling for the characters and place". Read more.
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Katherine Howell's books on Goodreads
Frantic (Detective Ella Marconi #1)
ratings: 90 (avg rating 3.84)
Cold Justice (Detective Ella Marconi #3)
ratings: 58 (avg rating 4.03)
The Darkest Hour (Detective Ella Marconi #2)
ratings: 58 (avg rating 3.98)
Violent Exposure (Detective Ella Marconi #4)
ratings: 48 (avg rating 4.10)
ratings: 43 (avg rating 4.05)
by Joan London
Loved this. Couldn't wait to get back into the story, thought about it while I was doing other things, and felt so much for all these characters. London's descriptions of those odd feelings we have at odd moments are perfect.
Beautiful writing, clarity and depth in the poems. I love this book.