Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in north Manchester. Exchanging the spires of nearby Strangeways prison for those of Cambridge University, she gained a Masters in German & Dutch. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist and professional fundraiser. When she’s not writing, Marnie likes to spin, run, refurbish old houses and drink gin.
Her best-selling, award-winning George McKenzie crime thrillers, tackling the subject of trans-national trafficking, were inspired by her time spent in The Netherlands. Dubbed the Martina Cole of the North, she is also the author of Born Bad and The Cover-Up – the critically acclaimed hit series about Manchester’s notorious gangland. Her hotly anticipated new novel, Tightrope, introducing quirky northern PI, Bev Saunders, publishes July 2019, and will be followed by a second Bev Saunders novel in January 2020. So far, Marnie has sold an impressive 250,000 books and counting…
As well as bringing her unique crime-writer’s insight to bear in the national press, Marnie regularly appears on BBC Radio Manchester Drive-time show with Phil Trow, where she discusses the day’s social media trends. She has featured in the CBS Reality international hit documentary, Written in Blood and has appeared on Sarah Beeny’s Double Your House for Half the Money and Britain’s Horror Homes, bringing her own property development experience to bear – the good and the bad! Marnie is also the narrator of the audiobook of her best-selling novel, The Cover-Up, adding an authentic northern flavour to the recording.