Crime writer, serving police office, former Scotland Rugby International and mum of two, Lee Cockburn, published Devil’s Demise, the first of the three Edinburgh-set novels to date in her ‘DS Taylor Nicks and DC Marcus Black’ series, in 2014.

Lee’s works have since been described as knowing how to ‘make you wince’ and ‘feel that cold chill’ and called ‘dark, no holds-barred crime’.

Here, the author, whose books are set in and around the city she still patrols, gives an insight into her kind of crime…

First crime novel ever read…

Probably one of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven books at school, they were easier to read than the Famous Five stories, which were too long for me then although I have since read all 21 of them to my lovely boys.

Favourite crime writer and why…

Tess Gerritson. I love her Rissoli and Isles series, they are graphic, suspense filled and have factual surgical procedures and good strong females characters.

If you could re-read only one crime novel, which would it be?

The Apprentice, by Tess Gerritson. It was the book that led me to the rest of her work and boasts a great mix of violence, brutality, suspense and romance.

What three ingredients does every crime novel need?

They must be gripping and hold the reader from the beginning, frightening too with strong characters and at least one love interest or some love making.

What makes a good crime writer?

Knowing how to build suspense and create a fearful reality. You also need a vivid imagination and to understand a bit about the reality of which you are writing.

Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh?

Agatha Christie, although I have to confess I have never read any Ngaio Marsh.

Favourite TV cop show?

Starsky and Hutch followed by Cagney and Lacey – I fancied Cagney a little bit.

If you could meet one fictional detective in real life, who would it be?

DI Kate Fleming from Line of Fire or DCI Jane Tennison from Prime Suspect, both females struggling in a male dominated world.

Describe each of your novels in three word.

Devil’s Demise: Brutal. Gripping. Racy.

Porcelain Flesh of Innocents: Disturbing. Heart-wrenching. Karma.

Demon’s Fire: Thrilling, Hot. Fast-paced.

Who would you cast as DS Nicks and DC Black in a screen adaptation of your books?

Jennifer Beals as DS Nicks (although I’d quite like to play her myself) with Jason Patrick as DC Marcus Black.

Devil’s Demise, Porcelain Flesh of Innocents and Demon’s Fire, by Lee Cockburn, are published by Clink Publishing and available from all High Street and local bookshops (who will be happy to order them if they don’t have them in stock) as well as from Amazon here.

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