Standalone Books

Running Hot

Killer Tune


Running Hot

Winner of the CWA's John Creasey Dagger

What's the best thing about Hackney?

The bus outta here!

And that's exactly where Elijah "Schoolboy" Campbell needs to be in a week’s time, heading out of London's underworld. He's taking a great offer to leave it all behind and start a new life, but the problem is he's got no spare cash. The possibility of lining his pockets becomes real when he stumbles across a mobile phone. But it's marked property, and the street won't care that he found it by accident. The street won't care that the phone's his last chance to change his life. And he can't give it back because the door to redemption is only open for 7 days.

7 days to exchange the mobile for cash.
7 days to cut the mobile's line rental to the Faces tracking his every move.
7 days to get out of a world where bling, ringtones and petty deaths are accessories of life.

Schoolboy knows that when you’re running hot all it takes is:
One call
One voicemail
One text
to disconnect you from this life – permanently. And getting deeper into his old lifestyle may mean that he never catches that bus.


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A book's 'voice' is what determines its greatness and Mitchell's voice is unmistakably great. This is a great London story.

Lee Child

Dreda Say Mitchell is an exciting new voice in urban fiction … her prose has an individually slangily poetic zip

The Guardian

Killer Tune

Elle, Read of The Year

The hottest tracks have the deadliest rhythm

A fifteen-year-old boy firebombs a house as he listens to Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto splicing behind a red hot R ‘n’ B track.

A veteran musician is found dead in an alley with the pulse of an old time reggae classic playing in his pocket.

Rap sensation, Lord Tribulation, discovers his newfound stardom threatened when he finds himself in the middle of both incidents. His music is accused of inciting the firebombing and the dead musician is his father.

With the beat of the media and government blasting down his neck, LT’s search for the truth about his father’s death takes him back to an old flame and on the retro trail to 1976.

A time when music was politics and politics was music.
A time when the heat-drenched streets of Notting Hill burst into open rebellion.
A time that that could lead to his own murder.

  • Audio Book can found at Amazon, narrated by Ben Onwukwe.
  • Large Print available.
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Dreda Say Mitchell confirms her position as a hot new name in crime writing with this taut novel.


As good as it gets….Mitchell is English fiction’s brightest new voice.

Lee Child

Brilliant – a gripping roller-coaster for the reader.



My short story ‘The Hotline’ in MWA Anthology edited by Lee Child