Kerry Wilkinson

Kerry Wilkinson


His debut, LOCKED IN, the first in the detective Jessica Daniel series, is a UK no.1 Kindle bestseller, with the first three Jessica Daniel books making him Amazon UK’s top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011.

THINK OF THE CHILDREN came out in February 2013, outselling Dan Brown to become Amazon UK’s no.1 Kindle pre-order, making the top 10 crime ebooks, and entering the official top 20 paperback chart.

Kerry is the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook no.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart. Books five and six in the Jessica series followed, with a spin-off from PLAYING WITH FIRE – the Andrew Hunter series – beginning with SOMETHING WICKED.

Pan Macmillan (Griffin in the US) are also publishing Kerry’s young adult/fantasy/adventure series – the Silver Blackthorn trilogy. The first book is named RECKONING. The standalone dark thriller, WATCHED, and the seventh Jessica Daniel novel, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, were his seventh and eighth consecutive top-20 Kindle crime books.

He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire while trying not to be knocked off. Please drive safely around him.

He was born in Somerset but now lives in the north west.

The next Jessica Daniel book, SCARRED FOR LIFE, is out in February 2015. RENEGADE (Silver Blackthorn 2) is out in spring 2015; as is standalone crime thriller DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN.





Crime  Young Adult  Fantasy


Publications & Performance History

The Jessica Daniel series: Locked In; Vigilante; The Woman In Black; Think of the Children; Playing with Fire; Thicker Than Water; Behind Closed Doors; Crossing The Line; Scarred For Life The Andrew Hunter series: Something Wicked The Silver Blackthorn trilogy: Reckoning; Renegade; Resurgence

Workshop & Reading Experience

I’ve done lectures at the University of Central Lancashire, plus talks in both primary and secondary schools around the Lancashire and Manchester area. I ran a writing workshop at Manchester Grammar School, too. I’ve done a talk and Q&A at Penwortham Library in Lancashire, plus I’ve been on panels at Bristol Crimefest, the London Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book fair and a book event in Copenhagen.


My agent is Nicola Barr – My publicist is Sam Eades –

Group size preference

I don’t mind. I’ve done lectures with 300 kids; I’ve run workshops with a dozen people

Group age preference

School age is great

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

Lancashire Manchester