Suzanne Downes was born in Manchester but raised in Stockport, the youngest of ten children. She was a “£10 Pom” in the 1960s and spent two years in Australia, and has always retained a special affection for “Oz”, which is fortunate as two of her three children now live there. She is married to her second husband David and besides writing, she enjoys being outdoors, ballet and tap dancing.
Her love of writing has prompted her to run two Writer’s Circles to encourage other would-be authors. She is especially proud that her eldest daughter Kate has started writing children’s books, with her own beagle Breezie Boo as inspiration, and grandson David has now joined the writer’s circle and is enjoying writing and reading his stories. It is very much a family affair, with husband David Snr acting as proof-reader and tea-maker, son-in-law Martin creating the covers and recently the photographs taken by grandson David being used as cover pictures. Suzanne is also the brains behind a local writer group – Writers Ink.
Her novels are mostly historical murder mysteries, but she also writes books set in the present day, but with historical flashbacks. She enjoys a good deal of success in the American market and has a steadfast following for her three series – The Underwood Mysteries, The Inspector Lazarus Mysteries and the D.I. Matt Piper novels. Suzanne has written 17 novels including a short story collection and two children’s stories with an Ancient Egyptian theme aimed at 8-12 year-olds: Cassie’s Quest and Cassie’s Quandary. Her latest novel, Small Matters, is the first in the Scattergood Mysteries series and is set in the same time and place as the Inspector Lazarus Mysteries. Small Matters is due to be published early this year.
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