Award winning author Katherine Howell will be at Coffs Harbour Library on June 7 to talk about her latest novel in the Detective Ella Marconi series.
Award winning author Katherine Howell will be at Coffs Harbour Library on June 7 to talk about her latest novel in the Detective Ella Marconi series. CONTRIBUTED

Award winning author in Coffs

BEST selling crime writer Katherine Howell is coming to Coffs Harbour.

Likened to Patricia Cornwell and Karin Slaughter, the award winner will be at Coffs Harbour Library on June 7 to talk about her latest novel in the Detective Ella Marconi series, 'Silent Fear'.

The Sydney-born winner of the Davitt Award for Best Novel in 2008 and 2011, has written five books in the Detective Ella Marconi series.

The latest in the series 'Silent Fear' was released in February, hit the bestseller list soon after and was selected as the February read for the national 'Get Reading!' programme.

The third in the series - 'Cold Justice' - was described by New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen as "one of my favourite books of the year".

"You can imagine that we're thrilled to be able to host Katherine Howell at the Library," Library Manager Enzo Accadia said.

"We are very lucky to be able to attract such a great line-up of authors to our regular free events here and we are expecting huge local interest in Katherine Howell's visit," .

Katherine Howell worked as a paramedic for 15 years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing.

Her first novel, 'Frantic', was published in 2007 and set a paramedic alongside Sydney police Detective Ella Marconi in what the Sydney Morning Herald described as "an adrenaline rush of a thriller".

'Frantic' won the 2008 Davitt award for best crime fiction and her second book, 'The Darkest Hour', continued the pattern, with Ella and another paramedic in "a finely paced and engrossing novel" (Guardian UK). The third in the series, 'Cold Justice', made the Australian bestseller list.

Her fourth book, 'Violent Exposure', was described by Bookseller & Publisher as "arguably her best yet - four stars", while the fifth, 'Silent Fear', was chosen as a "Guaranteed Book You Can't Put Down" by the national 'Get Reading!' programme.



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