BIO
Diana
Bretherick

- Crime Author

Diana’s experiences in working in criminal justice have given her insight into the workings of the criminal mind. She has honed this in her criminological studies, attaining an M.A in Criminology in 1999 and a PhD in 2006. She has now turned her attention to crime fiction, producing her first novel, City of Devils, in 2013, the result of her MA in Creative Writing. She is currently working on her second PhD in Creative Writing.

Diana also runs crime writing workshops and regularly performs readings of her work including short stories with a supernatural element.

Her hobbies, when she’s not scaring people senseless, are eating, drinking and generally having a good time.

PERFORMING

I enjoy performing - giving readings and talking about my work. It’s lovely to meet people and chat about writing at literary festivals and similar. I belong to the Portsmouth Writers Hub and we put events on locally to showcase what we do. Our most recent enterprise was an anthology called ‘Portsmouth Fairy Tales’. Eleven local writers produced short pieces – quirky tales about the city we live in – and we performed them at our launches.


THE LOMBROSO SERIES

The novels are set in the northern Italian city of Turin in the late 1880s and feature the world’s first criminologist, Cesare Lombroso and his assistant James Murray, a young Scottish doctor. Lombroso was a real person who was known as the ‘father of modern criminology’. His theory of the born criminal dominated thinking about criminal behaviour in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Essentially he believed that criminality was inherited and that criminals could be identified by physical defects that confirmed them as being atavistic or savage throwbacks to early man. Lombroso was an enthusiast and a collector of criminal curiosities that he housed in a museum at the University of Turin. The exhibits included skulls, skeletons and pickled body parts of various criminals collected over the years as well as art created by prisoners and some even more bizarre items such as carnivorous plants and a mummy. The museum is open to the public these days. I have visited it, of course, and found it fascinating and recommend it should you be in Turin. Needless to say it features in both ‘City of Devils’ and ‘The Devil’s Daughters’.


‘The brightest mind meets the darkest killer.’
‘From time to time there have been criminals who are true geniuses – creators of new forms of crime, inventors of evil..’