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Stella Duffy Books In Order

Publication Order of Saz Martin Books

Calendar Girl (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wavewalker (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beneath the Blonde (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fresh Flesh (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mouths of Babes (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Novel of Empress Theodora Books

Theodora (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Purple Shroud (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Roderick Alleyn Books

Money in the Morgue (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Singling Out the Couples (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eating Cake (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Immaculate Conceit (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
State of Happiness (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Parallel Lies (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Room of Lost Things (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
London Lies Beneath (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hidden Room (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

33 East (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everything Is Moving, Everything is Joined (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Stella Duffy is a renowned English author of science fiction, mystery, and historical fiction novels. She is particularly well known for writing the Saz Martin book series, the Novel of Empress Theodora book series, and the Roderick Alleyn series. Duffy wrote the latter in collaboration with author Ngaio Marsh. Additionally, Duffy has penned several standalone novels, novellas, and a few short story collections. She has contributed to the Doctor Who series along with Cecelia Ahern, Trudi Canavan, Nick Harkaway, A.L. Kennedy, Jake Arnett, Jenny Colgan, and Joanne Harris. Duffy has also co-edited an anthology called Tart Noir with author Lauren Henderson. Author Duffy was born on March 2, 1963, in Woolwich, London, United Kingdom. Her father hailed from New Zealand, while her mother was English.

Duffy is the youngest child among the seven children of her parents. When she was five years old, her father moved the family to New Zealand, where she spent most of her childhood. She came back to London as a grown-up. Duffy has studied Drama and English Literature at Wellington-based Victoria University. She is a practitioner of Buddhism and currently resides in Lambeth along with her loving wife named Shelley Silas, who is a playwright by profession. In addition to being a writer, Duffy is also a theater-maker. The writing career of author Duffy consists of 16 novels so far, 9 of which have been released by Virago & Sceptre publication. Her 7 crime novels featuring the chief protagonist Saz Martin have been published under the banner of Serpent’s Tail publication.

In 2018, Duffy co-authored a book with Ngaio Marsh titled Money in the Morgue. Marsh had started working on the book at the time of the Second World War, but gave up the idea later. When Duffy took up the job of completing this novel, she had just the title of the story, the first 3 chapters, and a few notes available to her. She didn’t even have any idea about the plot or the villain’s motive. After the release of the book, Duffy received widespread praise for the authenticity of the story. Duffy is credited to have written more than 60 short stories, 10 plays, several reviews, and feature articles. A collection of short stories by Duffy, Martha Grace, won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002. She has received Stonewall Award in 2008 and 2010 for her novels The Room of Lost Things and Theodora, Actress, Empress, Whore respectively. Besides this, she has many nominations of prestigious awards for her books.

Being a stage performer, Duffy has been associated with Improbable and has served as a member of the company called Spontaneous Combustion. Duffy’s solo show called Breaststrokes has been performed by her in London, Cardiff, York, Belfast, and Dublin. Other than these, Duffy has participated in various other theatrical shows across the United Kingdom. Her TV appearances include featuring in an episode of the show called The Bill in 1997. Duffy was associated with the BBC on one occasion in 2008 for writing a documentary. In 2016, the UK government appointed her as OBE for her dedicated services in the field of arts. In 2015, she was called to speak at a meeting of a political party known as the Women’s Equality Party. She is the co-director and founder of a campaign called Fun Places.

The Saz Martin series written by author Stella Duffy is comprised of a total of 5 books released between 1994 and 2005. It features the lead protagonist in the form of a lesbian private investigator named Saz Martin based in London. Some of the essential characters mentioned in the books of this series by Duffy include Maggie, September, Maxwell North, Siobhan Forrester, Molly, Matilda, etc. Duffy has set the plots in London and New Zealand. The debut book of this crime fiction series is entitled ‘Calendar Girl’. It was published by the Serpent’s Tail publication in 1999, after its first release in 1994. The book opens by depicting that Saz Martin is given the task of finding a mysterious woman named September.

The client meets September every alternate Friday for dinner, but does not know her real name. That is why he hires Saz Martin to establish the real identity of September. On the other hand, Maggie is a comedienne by profession, who has an on & off relationship with a girl having a body like Kelly McGills. This girl has many hidden secrets. The two stories get closely entwined and go on to merge in an unhappy ending. The writing of this book is insightful and sassy, hip and wry, moody and introspective. Duffy’s description of the story from start to finish is filled with a lot of fun. The other aspects covered in the book by Duffy include prostitution, mystery, drugs, comedy, and murder.

Another exciting novel of this series is known as ‘Fresh Flesh’. It was published in 2001 by the Serpent’s Tail publishing company. Initially, it is mentioned that things were going quite well for Molly and her partner, PI Saz Martin. It is summertime in London and the two lesbian partners are expecting their first child. With good news all around, the crime in the city also seems to have come to a sudden halt. Lately, no wild or weird case has come to the notice of Saz Martin. As the danger has come to a lower level, Saz is happy to do easy and steady work and then reach home before midnight to be in bed with her lover Molly. This book also offers a fast-paced thriller set in contemporary London and featuring fancy restaurants, damaged lives, glitzy officers, and designer bars.

The novel also describes a frightening journey touching the past’s emotional ruins. In most parts of this excellent mystery, there is no description of murder, but a lot of adoptions, babies, and deceptions. The writing style of author Duffy was praised again by the critics and readers alike. Her depiction of the central character’s non-traditional relationships also received excellent reviews from various reviewers. There are a lot of twists and turns mentioned in the novel by Duffy that revolve around baby adoptions four decades ago. A series of lies and secrets surround the adoptions that are finally revealed by the sincere and dedicated efforts of Saz Martin.

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