Isabelle Grey

Interviewed 25 September 2021

Isabelle Grey

Crime novelist and screenwriter Isabelle Grey writes books under the name of VB Grey. She was born in London and grew up in Manchester. The city’s history of radicalism, her school (once attended by the Pankhurst sisters), university college (a pioneer of further education for women) and being a young teenager in the late 1960s all combined to encourage her to dream of following in the footsteps of Joan Didion, Hunter S Thompson, Tom Wolfe and other trail-blazing New Journalists.

She got as far as writing a book about the punk movement, and then got side-tracked into writing about 19th and 20th design for The Times’ Collecting column before emerging as a feature writer and reviewer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines in the UK and in America.

An introduction to the producer of the landmark BBC adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy led to a commission for an original TV drama series. She found screenwriting even more exciting than journalism, and a long career in fiction has followed.

But she still wishes she’d been a gonzo BBC foreign correspondent in Washington.

Books by Isabelle Grey

Wrong Way Home

DI Grace Fisher of the Essex Major Investigation Team re-opens a 25-year-old cold case in which a girl was raped and killed. The possible involvement of a local hero and a young true-crime podcaster hampers her investigation.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by John Cleal

The Special Girls

DI Grace Fisher is called in to investigate a violent death in a camp for anorexic girls, only to then find herself investigating historical allegations of child abuse by the man running the programme.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by John Barnbrook

Shot Through The Heart

A gunman kills five people, including the policeman boyfriend of his former wife, on Christmas Day, before turning the gun on himself. DI Grace Fisher traces the illegal weapon and discovers a web of police corruption, vendettas and revenge.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by John Cleal