Roz Watkins



Roz Watkins is an acclaimed crime writer, author of a detective series set in the Peak District and a standalone thriller, The Red House. Her first book, The Devil’s Dice (HarperCollins 2018), was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger award, and was The Times crime book of the month. It introduces DI Meg Dalton, ‘a cop quietly different from most of the women detectives in British crime fiction today’, according to The Times. Roz’s books often address controversial issues that she feels strongly about, for example assisted suicide and factory farming.

Roz has also contributed to anthologies, including the Noir from the Bar short story collection, published during the pandemic to support the NHS.

With a degree in Engineering and Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, Roz initially had a career as a patent attorney, and was a partner in a firm in Derby. The Devil’s Dice features patent attorneys, both alive and dead. Roz also has a postgraduate certificate in coaching from the University of Derby, and is a qualified hypnotherapist and an animal trainer. She has run courses on writing commercial fiction, and regularly runs workshops on writing and getting published.

Roz lives in Falmouth with her extremely demanding cats. She enjoys walking in the countryside looking for murder locations and sea-swimming when the weather allows. She’s also a big fan of drinking coffee and eating cake while planning her next novel, a Cornwall-based thriller set in the near future.

Roz Watkins
Image credit: JGW Photography

Roz Watkins


Current Fellowship

University of Exeter, Penryn, 2023–2024


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