Judi Westerholme series


Book #3 will be released in the UK in print and globally as an ebook in August 2022.

Mad, Bad and Dead

Australian print release October – pre-order print copies now.

Amazon Australia

Book Depository


– release date 25 June 2020 (e-book) and October in Print (VERVE BOOKS UK)

There’s nothing more dangerous than revenge.

Judi Westerholme has been through it. Brave and strong-willed, she’s just about coping in her new role as foster parent to her orphaned niece, taking a job at the local pub to help make ends meet. Then the pub’s landlord and Judi’s friend, army veteran Pete ‘Macca’ Macclesfield, is murdered, and her world is suddenly turned upside down.

Despite warnings from the city police to keep out of it, Judi can’t help but get involved in the search for Macca’s killer. But she soon becomes deeply entangled with some ruthlessly dangerous men. She must act fast and think smart to work out what they want – before anyone else gets hurt…

Long buried secrets resurface in Sherryl Clark’s pacy crime novel that pushes Judi Westerholme to her limits to protect the people she loves most.


Dead And Gone kept me guessing throughout. Despite the number of crime novels I’ve read (not as many as some but still a fair amount) I would never have predicted the ending in a million years. If there is more from Judi and Heath, count me in!!” – A Knight’s Reads

“Judi isn’t a marshmallow fluff happy ever after girly type and yet also doesn’t come off as wanting to be one of the guys. I really enjoyed the balance Clark found in both the plot and characters. It’s a jolly good read and a series with plenty of potential.” – CherylMM Bookblog

“Dead and Gone is a classic whodunnit that is fast paced, thrilling and exciting read that will keep you glued to the pages. With a strong plot, real and relatable characters, twists and turns, an ending I didn’t see coming, that all comes together through great writing, Dead and Gone is a very enjoyable read and I look forward forward to more in the series.” – Once Upon a Time Book Blog


Published by Verve Books UK

Available on Amazon, Kobo and Apple Books as an e-book

Or direct from Verve Books as a print book. In Australia you can buy print copies from the Sun Bookshop in Yarraville or direct from me.

Longlisted in 2020.
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From reviews:

“This felt like an impeccably planned treasure hunt with tension interwoven into the story to lasso my attention right to the end. I’ll be watching for the author’s next crime fiction offering!” – A Knight’s Reads

“The writing is sharp, injecting tension, humor, bits of warmth, cute moments, and scary moments. Judi’s shell cracks as the world grows darker and more dangerous … Don’t we love it when a gritty and compelling crime novel holds more than you hoped for?” – Chocolate’n’Waffles book blog

“Just finished reading it. Couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Fell asleep while reading and woke up this morning to keep reading til the end. It was totally awesome. Now we need to get another and another and another.” Jenni PB (reader on FB)

From Goodreads reviewers:
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited to finish whatever it is I’m doing (work, sleeping etc) to be able to get back to a book… and that’s exactly what I found myself doing with this one.”
” Trust Me, I’m Dead grabbed me from the opening pages. A beautiful way with language, a plot full of suspense and a strong, vulnerable and relatable protagonist. What more could anyone want from this genre?”
“I demolished this book in two days! The pacing of the story is perfect. The reader is hurled into the action from the very first page with just the right amount of detail given to have you desperate to know more.”

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