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DI Mike Yorke is coming home. After three months in London, he’s looking forward to being back in the north east- but he’s barely off the train before he’s deep into the most bizarre case of his career.

A viciously flogged corpse. teenagers disappearing the length of the A1 corridor. Horrific new street drugs, and buried somewhere is a deadly secret that will lead him down paths so dangerous, he will question he very fabric of society.

In the first in a stunning new series set on Holy Island, and explosive secret going back to he dawn of time is unearthed by a young woman who, fearing for her life goes on the run in the wilds of Northumbria. The fate of the world is in the hands of DI Mike Yorke, an abused clairvoyant street kid named Smiler, and Mike Yorke’s elderly Aunt May. Everyone from the lowlifes of the London streets to the monks near Holy Island become involved in a race against time to save humanity.

THORN IN MY SIDE is available from Amazon.


This terrifyingly thrilling crime drama opens a brand new chapter in the dark imagination of Sheila Quigley. Shari Low- DAILY RECORD

Quigleys gripping thriller is a convincing portrayal of a violent underworld.

Crime Noir does not get more powerful than this. A totally addictive series.

A real page turner.

A rattling good plot…It doesn’t stop running until the final page, by which time you will be breathless.

This thriller flows at a tremendous speed. Compulsive reading.


Sheila Quigley’s first dream was to climb mountains. Next she wanted to be an Astronaut this was down to her love of science fiction, even though she is terrified of flying. Then she grew up and her dream of one day becoming an author kept her going through a long list of jobs. machinist, presser, double glazing sales, market trader and some times in the dead of winter she wondered what on earth she was doing plodding through heavy snow and ice knocking on doors trying to sell frozen food.
Sheila’s first published novel Run For Home, was the subject of a fierce bidding war between eight of the UK’S biggest publishers. The film maker Chris Terril was commissioned by the BBC to make a fly on the wall documentary about the amazing story.