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High Octane Thrillers & Female Leads

Dawn Brookes interviews Zoë Sharp

During CrimeFest 2022 in Bristol, I met Derbyshire author, Dawn Brookes, who told me that Lee Child’s comment, “If Jack Reacher were a woman, he would be my main character, Charlie Fox,” prompted her to do this enjoyable video interview for her YouTube show, High Octane Thrillers & Female Leads.

We talked about my role as Toastrix at this year’s event, about the role of panel moderator, and explored my crime thriller portfolio, which (as well as a couple of standalone novels and a feast of short stories) comprises:

Charlie Fox Series
This features ex-Special Forces turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox—a prequel and thirteen titles to date. Charlie Fox is often likened to Jack Reacher, with a similar brand of high-octane action. Lee Child himself described Charlie Fox as “real, true, and authentic.

Lakes Thriller Series
More recently, I have published the first two books in my new Lakes Thriller Series, featuring CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston. Described as “a remarkable combination of police procedural and psychological thriller“, the series is set in the beautiful English Lake District, a World Heritage Site, near to where I have my home.

Blake & Byron Series
He’s a career copper at a personal and professional crossroads. She’s a con artist who came up from the streets and has survived by her wits. What happens when their lives collide? Mind-blowing suspense thriller, The Last Time She Died, is the first in this brand-new thriller series.