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Author of the Inspector Thanet series of fifteen detective novels, all set in Kent in the 1980s and 90s, published in hardback, paperback, large print, audio and omnibus editions and translated into many languages.

Forced to give up writing in 1998 by severe RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), she is delighted that her books are being given a new lease of life in ebooks, beginning with the THE NIGHT SHE DIED and SIX FEET UNDER.

Dorothy Simpson
a day for dying close her eyes dead and gone dead by morning dead on arrival doomed to die element of doubt last seen alive no laughing matter once too often puppet for a coure six feet under suspicious death the night she died wake the dead
The Night She Died

The Night She Died

A painting, a disc jockey, a mermaid, an estate agent, a recurring nightmare and an unsolved murder - these are all pieces of the puzzle which Inspector Thanet is asked to solve when he is called in to investigate the death of a young housewife, the beautiful and enigmatic Julie Holmes.

Anyone choosing to live in Gladstone Road would value privacy above all, Thanet decides when he first arrives at the scene of the murder. And he is right, as he soon discovers.

What was Julie’s secret? Why was she incapable of forming a close relationship with anyone, even her husband? These are only two of the intriguing questions which Thanet is called upon to answer in his search for the truth.

We accompany him, fascinated, as he delves deep into the past and is confronted with the possibility that he is hunting a murderer who has gone unpunished for twenty years.

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The Night She Died

A painting, a disc jockey, a mermaid, an estate agent, a recurring nightmare and an unsolved murder - these are all pieces of the puzzle which Inspector Thanet is asked to solve when he is called in to investigate the death of a young housewife, the beautiful and enigmatic Julie Holmes...

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

Curiosity killed the cat. Did it also kill Carrie?

At first Inspector Thanet doesn’t know what to make of the murder of the singularly unprepossessing middle-aged spinster in a peaceful Kentish garden. He considers her ‘a most unlikely corpse’. But he soon discovers that she not only had a few startling secrets of her own but had been in an ideal position to ferret out those of other people....

An alcoholic pianist, a wardrobe of disguises, a forbidden love affair - strong and unexpected passions smoulder beneath the surface tranquillity of life in Nettleton. Thanet warms to the possibility of blackmail but surprises himself when he stumbles upon an even more bizarre and tragic explanation...

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Six Feet Under

Curiosity killed the cat. Did it also kill Carrie?

At first Inspector Thanet doesn’t know what to make of the murder of the singularly unprepossessing middle-aged spinster in a peaceful Kentish garden. He considers her ‘a most unlikely corpse’. But he soon discovers that she not only had a few startling secrets of her own but had been in an ideal position to ferret out those of other people....