About Me

Caron Allan murder mystery author https://caronallanfiction.wordpress.com

Does this hairband and anorak combo qualify as abuse?

I was born in Kent, England and then moved all over the South of Britain before spending five years in Brisbane, Australia.  I’m now living back in Britain, in Derbyshire, where Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy came from. I haven’t met him yet, but I cling to the dream. I mainly write mysteries and crime but I sometimes dabble in other genres, to little effect.

Like many writers, I have always wanted to write stories. I can remember announcing this to my mother when I was eight years old. I seem to remember she wasn’t overly impressed. Sigh.

I started reading adventure stories and mysteries for children when I was around 7 or 8, and graduated to Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth (my fave) when around 9 or 10.  I have never looked back.

I wrote my first novel Ghosts! Ghosts! Ghosts! in 1970. Sadly no longer available due to my mum keeping it in a drawer with my old school books, a knitted bookmark, and a tea-cosy I made. I do, however, still have a picture of the self-made cover for the book:

First book cover ever! By Caron Allan https://caronallanfiction.wordpress.com

Yes, this is copyrighted. 🙂

Sadly Canva wasn’t around in those days so I had to make do with the back of a cereal packet…

Like many writers I am surrounded by cats most of the time, not necessarily my own. I love listening to music, which often inspires my writing, and I love learning languages, which all get muddled in my head, and emerge in single mixed sentence in times of need, ie ‘Vielen dank, ich liebe bardzo molte bene este livres de Mysteriosa, dobranoc och ursäkta.’

I have often tried writing other types of fiction and non-fiction, but I always get bored and throw in a murder, so I have given into my inner nature and now devote myself mainly to killing people. On the page, of course.

New criss cross ebook covers

When not plotting how to kill people, I can often be found trawling the aisles of my local grocery stores in pursuit of everyday items with lethal potential.  Other interests include literary studies, history, reading about poisons, researching psychoses and serial killers, cooking from ‘recipes’, growing ‘herbs’ and digging deep holes in the garden.  I always assumed no ‘real’ publisher would be interested in my work, so self-published my first eBook in the Friendship can be Murder trilogy, Criss Cross, in 2013 and the follow-up,  Cross Check in 2014.  The third book of the Friendship can be Murder Trilogy, Check Mate, appeared in February 2016.

Also In 2016, I introduced my new murder mystery series set in London in the 1930s. These are very much of the classic Golden Age style, and feature amateur sleuth Dottie Manderson and police officer William Hardy. The first book was Night and Day: a Dottie Manderson mystery. Book 2 is The Mantle of God: a Dottie Manderson mystery. In April 2018, the third book in the Dottie series, a novella Scotch Mist was published and followed in November 2018 by a full-length novel called The Last Perfect Summer of Richard Dawlish. 2019 should see the publication of book 5 in the Dottie Manderson series, to be called The Thief of St Martins. If you’re interested in finding out more, please take a look at my Dottie Manderson series page.

I also released a new stand-alone (ie not part of a series) full-length novel called Easy Living: a story about life after death, after death, after death. It’s a little bit paranormal-type fantasy, a little bit romance, a little bit mystery.  I love stories that cross generic boundaries and have a broad reach. Maybe try it out?

Please say hello on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caronsbooks/

or Twitter: https://twitter.com/caron_allan

I’m also on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7030550.Caron_Allan


Who is that old bat with the multiple chins and the grey hair? Oh! It’s me??!! Ugh!


Thanks for dropping by!

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Caron,
    You left an invitation to connect on Google+. Do we have a connection, besides that we both self-publish fantasy? (Which is enough, if you wish to exchange publicity opportunities, beta reads, etc.)

    Gordon A. Long

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  2. We have lots in common too. I write Crime/Mystery and in some other genres when the mood takes me. I am writing a series of female sleuth novels – not ready yet – Ms Birdsong Investigates and I write lots of short stories and Flash Fiction too. I’ve had several stories in various anthologies. Your Miss Burkett sounds wonderful and the 1960’s is a great place to set her in. I’ve co-written a book (not crime) about the music scene in the 1960’s and it was such fun going back to that era. Felt as it were yesterday and so vivid. I am looking forward to reading about her. Good luck with everything.


  3. Hello Caron. I’ve just finished “Les mystères de Dottie Manderson, tome 1″in French, and I really enjoyed it, and thinks it’s a high quality novel. waiting impatiently for the “tome 2” . Except that there was quite a lot of mistakes in the translation: wrong conjugation of the verbs, wrong spelling, repetitions … it was annoying. it seems that it has not been carefully proofread … for a big reader as me, it gives credit to your novel, because it didn’t stopped me to carry on… Pitty I can’t read you conveniently in English… But you deserve a better translation!!!

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    • Hi Caroline
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I know there were some issues with the translation, and you’ll be happy to know it has now been proofed again and quite a lot of changes made. not that that helps you, since you already purchased the book. I would be happy to send you a revised ebook copy free of charge if you can email me you address to my email: caronallanfiction@gmail.com Meanwhile you’ll be glad to hear that book 2 is almost ready and book 3 is in progress! Book 2 may be out in December but realistically it’ll probably be January, with book 3 following hopefully around April. Hey – would you be interested in reading book 2 as a beta-reader before publication? If so, do let me know. Thanks so much for getting in touch.


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