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 comedie noir romp 'Gravy Train', featuring a bunch of losers chasing a bag of money around Birmingham, is available from All Due Respect.

Latest gossip
  • A Crime in My Stockings! Tess asked a bunch of crime writers which one book they'd like in their Christmas stocking - and why. Keep an eye on her blog throughout December for the entertaining replies.

  • 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...

    Latest blog post
  • A Criminally Good Christmas meal?

    This year’s high point during the round-the-table news catch-up was hearing about Mike Craven, who has just won the CWS Gold Dagger award...

  • Blatant trumpet blowing

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