Dark crime and noir fiction

Human nature red in tooth and claw...

Tess writes a distinctive brand of British comedie noir and her short stories have darkened the pages of over a dozen anthologies and magazines. She sets much of her work around the city of Birmingham, in particular the leafy but dubious suburbs, the back streets, and of course, the many canals. She often includes references to Pink Floyd songs, not to mention the occasional elephant.

Her latest book 'Embers of Bridges', set in Birmingham and featuring the Live Hard, Die Young gang is newly available on Kindle and (free) on Kindle Unlimited. Noir romp 'Gravy Train', featuring a bunch of losers chasing a bag of money around Birmingham, is published by All Due Respect, while dark psychological noir 'Raise the Blade' is also available on Kindle.

book covers for Embers of Bridges, Gravy Train and Raise the Blade
Latest gossip
  • OUT NOW! 'Embers of Bridges', a noirish caper set around Birmingham's canals and Jewellery Quarter and featuring Mickey, Gaz and the Live Hard, Die Young gang.

  • Tess Who?

    Just who is this Makovesky woman anyway - and what's all the stuff about Birmingham, Pink Floyd and elephants?

    More books...

    Tess's stories have darkened the pages of anthologies and magazines for years. Find a list here.

    In the Works

    Coming to the boil, or bubbling under? See what other dark delights Tess has in store for her readers...

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  • Seven years - still going strong!

    "...my first book ‘Raise the Blade’, first published by Caffeine Nights almost exactly seven years ago... still proving as popular as ever..."

  • Blatant trumpet blowing

    Don't just take Tess's word for it - here's what other readers have said