About Priscilla Masters


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Priscilla Masters

is the author of more than twenty crime novels and has retired from her job as a respiratory nurse in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. She has two main series characters:

Joanna Piercy is a detective inspector in Leek, Staffordshire and features in 13 mystery novels. A freewheeling, cycling enthusiast. and psychology graduate she uses her knowledge and instincts to solve cases together with her Polish body building Sergeant Mike Korpanski. The two have a close working relationship, which is put to the test on numerous occasions. Joanna’s partner is Matthew Levin, a Home Office pathologist, still married in Winding up the Serpent, the first of the DI Piercy novels which was published by PanMacmillan in 1995. The latest title in the series is Guilty Waters which deals with the disappearance of two French girls who have travelled to Rudyard Lake to pay tribute to their favourite poet, Rudyard Kipling.

Martha Gunn is the Shrewsbury coroner, a widow with twins; she features in five novels – the first being River Deep, set against the backdrop of the Shrewsbury floods which wash a body out of the cellar of number 7 Marine Terrace. The latest in the series is The Devil’s Chair set against the dramatic backdrop of The Long Mynd, Church Sretton. A new Martha Gunn, working title Recalled to Death will be published by Severn House in June 2015.

Priscilla Masters also uses her nursing experience and medical family to write standalone medical mysteries set in various locations, from "Llancloudy", an erstwhile mining town in the South Wales valleys, to Birmingham and Stoke on Trent She has also written a children’s book, Mr Bateman’s Garden, set in the National Trust Gardens of Biddulph Grange and a historical romantic mystery using her experience as an antiques dealer.