Fade to Dead is the first in a series of fast-paced, gritty, crime novels, featuring ballsy, newly promoted DI, Jessica Wideacre.
A serial killer, The Director, is on the loose in South London. He’s snatching young women off the street to ‘act’ in his movies. He’s got a type: barely legal, blonde and beautiful. Newly promoted DI Jessica Wideacre is tasked with heading up the investigation. But with few clues to go on and a rising body count, Jessica begins to fear she isn’t up to the job. Her boss is breathing down her neck. Her marriage is in jeopardy and the pressure is driving her to drink. Meanwhile, The Director has another victim in his sights. He’s rolled out the red carpet, he’s got a killer script, and now he’s got his star. It’s a dream role, but not for her…..
One of six children, the middle one (and thus the ‘problem’ child) Tara was born in Ireland. Her father’s career as an army officer meant travelling from place to place including to the Middle East. Although exciting, it was difficult in the early years to put down roots and make friends, so she spent a great deal of time living in her head inventing stories and characters. A voracious and eclectic reader, her ambition always was to emulate those wonderful writers who so inspired her.
After many years working in bread and butter jobs, including insurance, banking and law, and raising her two sons, that ambition came true with the hugely successful publication of her first book by premier Irish publishers, Poolbeg. Two more books followed swiftly.
A subsequent contract with Orion Publishing Group led to the publication of RSVP and Blue-Eyed Girl, together with translations into Portuguese, Croatian, Serbian and Norwegian, as well as large print copies. She is currently working on the second book in a series of thrillers, the first of which will be published next year by Urbane.
Tara currently lives in the pretty harbour town of Ramsgate, Kent, with her second husband Dr David Moore and two cats, Lizzie and Capone.