Moth Publishing: Introducing new talent in crime writing from the north of England

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The writing landscape in the North will be shaken up this week, as a new publishing venture launches with the publication of four new crime novels. They will be available from Thursday 30 May 2013 as paperbacks and ebooks from Moth Publishing.

The four novels are the result of the inaugural Northern Crime Competition, which ran in 2012 and sought to find the most promising new crimewriting talent in the North. Helen Cadbury (from York), Alfie Crow (from Thirsk), Michael Donovan (from Lytham St Anne’s) and Rebecca Muddiman (from Teesside) were the winners of the competition.

You can get your copy of the books, as well as reviews from early readers, from Amazon.

To Catch a Rabbit by Helen Cadbury
Rant by Alfie Crow
Behind Closed Doors by Michael Donovan
Stolen by Rebecca Muddiman

If you have a Kindle, all four books will also be free to download for one day only on Monday 3 June, the day of the official launch of Moth Publishing.

The novels have already attracted early praise from foreign publishers, bloggers and reviewers, as well as support from best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham, who said of Helen Cadbury’s To Catch a Rabbit, featuring PCSO Sean Denton:

“[This is] a hugely assured and gripping debut. Let’s hope we see a lot more of Sean Denton.”

Moth Publishing is a partnership between New Writing North and Sunderland-based Business Educational Publishers Limited (BEPL), who came together to publish quality new work and support talented crime writers who live and work in the north of England.

The official launch of Moth Publishing will take place in Newcastle on Monday 3 June at 6.30pm at Waterstones, Newcastle Emerson Chambers.

Details of these and other events and festivals the authors are appearing at is available at

Books are available online at and other online retailers and all good bookshops.