About the Author...
J. Woollcott is a Canadian writer born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After moving to Canada she worked in broadcasting design for many years, eventually leaving to travel and write. Her first book, A Nice Place to Die, introduces Police Service of Northern Ireland detectives DS Ryan McBride and his partner DS Billy Lamont.
In 2019, A Nice Place to Die won the RWA Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mainstream Mystery and Suspense, and in 2021 was shortlisted in the CWC Awards of Excellence.
She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and BCAD, University of Ulster. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada and the Southwest Writer’s Guild.
About the Books...
A DS Ryan McBride Novel
A Nice Place to Die (2022)
Blood Relations (2023)
News and Reviews...
A Nice Place to Die
“A conflicted police officer who falls for the sister of a dead woman on his own his case. He knew he shouldn’t mix business and pleasure, but….
Life and death on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland that’s already had its share of grief and tragedy. A Nice Place to Die has fast-paced dialogue and a deep mystery that the author keeps unraveling like the skin of an onion. Like the dark complexity of Detective Sergeant Ryan McBride. A brilliant debut by Joyce Woollcott. Certainly, one author to keep an eye on.” — Mike Martin, Author of the Award-Winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series
“A real sense of authenticity, with great details on settings.”
— Dr. Katherine Ramsland
“DS Ryan McBride is engaged in a coverup: he’d slept with the murder victim, and as his investigation proceeds, discovers he’s falling in love with her twin. Woollcott’s accomplished debut is a perfect blend of police procedural and domestic suspense, offering an unsentimental view of the tangled, complex relationships that exist between career and private life and the deadly consequences that can occur when the two worlds collide. The Belfast setting is rich in local color and as multi-faceted and nuanced as Woollcott’s characters who seem so real they must exist somewhere beyond the page. The dialog sparkles throughout. J. Woollcott is a welcome addition to the mystery landscape, a writer we look forward to seeing again, and soon. The novel should delight fans of Tana French and Hilary Davidson.”
— Marcia Talley, Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of the Hannah Ives mystery series.
“Make sure you have time available to read Joyce Woollcott’s latest book, BLOOD RELATIONS because once you start reading you will not want to put it down. There is the perfect mix of a compelling plot, excellent characterization, and the right sprinkling of wit and humour. Highly recommended.”
––Maureen Jennings, author of Murdoch Mysteries.
“With a wonderfully complex cast of characters, a strong sense of place, and a plot that reveals itself piece by satisfying piece, J. Woollcott's BLOOD RELATIONS is a terrific second outing for her all-too-human detective, DS Ryan McBride. Here's hoping McBride has a nice long career!”
––Sarah Stewart Taylor, author of the Maggie D'arcy series.
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