Annie Hauxwell was born in London. She abandoned the law to work as an investigator and now combines this with writing. She lives in a small country town in Australia when not in London.
Praise for the Catherine Berlin series:
"A very smoothly written, disturbing book... absolutely fantastic. It is so well written that you can smell the fear... A truly beautifully written piece of work... I loved this book... I couldn't put it down. If you like dark crime that isn't too gory but messes with your head then this one is definitely for you!" EuroCrime.co.uk
"A full-throttle page-turner." West Australian
"Hauxwell has mastered commercial crime fiction, so you fly through chapters effortlessly while appreciating the complexity and realism of her flawed characters." Sydney Morning Herald
"A great set up... [Hauxwell] is an evocative and original voice... Highly recommended." South Coast Register
"A great tale... Hauxwell herself worked as an investigator for 20 years, so the background for Catherine Berlin always rings true." Ballant Courier
"Hauxwell's characters are desperate people... I found myself caring about Catherine and impressed by the narrative. This book will appeal to general crime readers, and I would recommend it to fans of Jeffrey Deaver and Gabrielle Lord's earlier books." Books & Publishing
"A Bitter Taste is a dark, gritty crime fiction novel. Annie Hauxwell's unique heroine and intriguing plot ensure this is an engrossing read and I am looking forward to the series continuing." Book'd Out blog
"A Bitter Taste is an example of how excellently painted characters and thrilling action that doesn't resort to cheap tricks can plunge you directly into a world. I hated putting this one down." Readings Bookshop
"It was easy to become invested in the story and that's largely because of Hauxwell's ability to create an addictive story that is easy to read. She has a knack for writing dark, individual and original stories." Sassy Book Lovers blog
"This is powerful and uncompromising fare from an intriguing writer." The Good Book Guide
"[A] blood-soaked world of corruption and abuse updated for the 21st century... Berlin is both tough and fragile but far from stereotypical... Her closest relative in modern fiction is the alcoholic DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect. Catch the wave now, while it's building." The Times
"With meticulous detail and great character depth, In Her Blood is an assured start to Hauxwell's career as a novelist." Irish Examiner
"A stylishly written and assuredly paced debut that heralds a promising new series." Financial Times
"The writing is sharp and suspenseful, the plot engaging, the characters enthralling. I'm hooked on Annie Hauxwell and hanging out for my next fix." Radio National Books and Arts Daily
William Heinemann and Penguin Australia
She was ten years old, but knew enough to wipe clean the handle of the bloody kitchen knife. The night was stifling; the windows were closed, sealing in the chaos. A table upturned, shattered crockery. Her distraught mother, bare shoulders raw with welts, knelt beside her motionless father. The child snatched up her backpack, and ran...
William Heinemann and Penguin Australia
The first in a series of crime novels starring the magnificent Catherine Berlin, a civilian investigator whose long-standing heroin addiction is only part of her story.
On a bone-chilling February morning, Catherine Berlin, investigator with the Financial Services Agency, finds the almost-headless body of her informant, 'Juliet Bravo', rolling in a shallow reach of the Thames. That Juliet Bravo's death is linked to an investigation of local loan shark Archie Doyle is no surprise to Berlin, but when Berlin's own unorthodox methods are blamed for the murder, she realises bigger predators are circling.
To start with, it looks as though Berlin will pay only with her job. And then, on a routine trip to her GP (one of a dying breed who will still prescribe heroin to long-term addicts), she stumbles across a second body.
Suspended, incriminated, and then blackmailed into cooperation by the detective leading the murder investigation, Catherine Berlin has seven stolen days of clarity in which to solve the crime - and find a new supplier.