I’m Libby, a professional gardener cultivating my inner writer as I do battle with brambles and adverbs in Derbyshire. I like fiction with flavour, non-fiction with chewy bits and mostly write the dark with a touch of the bittersweet.


At the head of my genre queue is crime, with horror and gothic lurking behind it. SF/F and literary fiction peer over their shoulders desperate not to be forgotten. My non-fiction queue is full of historians, true crime, writers writing about writing and, now-and-again, popular science.

I am currently writing a murder mystery set in postwar East Anglia and was lucky enough to be selected to present it at the Pitch Perfect Event at Bloody Scotland 2019.

The Mere

A murder mystery set in post-war rural Suffolk with a gay protagonist.

Peter returns incognito to the lonely village of his childhood to strip away the mysteries surrounding his mother’s disappearance 26 years ago. Esme knows what happened back then but in order to reach out to Peter and help him, she will have to choose between telling the truth and and her own safety.

I am also looking for an agent to represent my Victorian era mystery novel.

The Bitter Tower

Violet wed her best friend Leonard Bartlett in a marriage of convenience, and shortly after arriving to a chilly welcome at the family mansion, she finds herself face to face with the dead body of her father-in-law, Sir Edward, head of the loveless Bartlett household. Strongly suspecting that Sir Edward has been poisoned and knowing that no one will believe her, Violet sets out to uncover the truth, hoping to free Leonard from the secrets that have bound him to his toxic family for so long – but the truth can do irreparable harm. Sometimes, it can even kill.

In other projects, I’m planning a wartime detective novel involving a plucky evacuee, thinking about rewriting the Bitter Tower (and the possibility of sequels involving the same characters) and doing various writing courses. You can find stories and poetry in the menu at the top of the page.

You can follow me or contact me on twitter @libbycutts

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