Where are they now? – Part 2: Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor is the author of the mystery series featuring protagonist DC Michael McKenna. Set in Wales, this police procedural series was one I enjoyed.


The novels in this series include:

#1 Simeon’s bride#2 In guilty night

#3 The house of women

#4 Unsafe convictions

#5 Child’s play

Most all of these are available in




The last of these novels was written in 2002.

She seems to have dropped off the literary radar and her website has not been updated since 2013.

Is Alison Taylor still writing?  If anyone knows any information about this author I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Alison G. Taylor never intended to be a crime writer. In 1986 she was working as a senior social worker for the former Gwynedd County Council. Increasingly disturbed by reports of the alleged abuse of children in care, she took her concerns to the police. As a result she was fired. What her actions have helped to expose is one of Britain’s worst scandals of institutionalised physical and sexual abuse in children’s homes in North Wales. Because of the extent and nature of the allegations, in 1996 the government took the rare step of ordering a Tribunal of Inquiry, which began hearing evidence in January 1997, and is due to report this year. Alison Taylor won two national awards for her selfless work in this area; the first Community Care Readers Award, and the Campaign for Freedom of Information Award in 1996. Disillusioned by the prospect of returning to social work, Alison concentrated on writing. Her first novel Simeon’s Bride evolved from a short story written for a national competition and was published in 1995. It won her outstanding critical acclaim and comparisons to PD James and Ruth Rendell. Her second novel In Guilty Night was a compelling story containing the controversial issue of child abuse. And most recently, The House of Women was published in 1998, again to widespread acclaim from the media. A television series featuring Superintendent Michael McKenna is currently under negotiation.

Alison Taylor has a son and a daughter, and has lived in north Wales for many years. Her interests include baroque and classical music, art and riding.

You might be interested in reading this article about how Alison Taylor blew the whistle on abuse when she worked as a social worker.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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7 Responses to Where are they now? – Part 2: Alison Taylor

  1. I haven’t heard of this author at all but as I grew up on the boarder of England and Wales, I do enjoy books set in Wales – What a shame the author is missing… but hey I’ve still got five books to read 😉

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  2. skyecaitlin says:

    I am not familiar with these, but they certainly sound good, and of course, I don’t know what happened to the writer.


  3. I haven’t heard of Taylor, but I’m always looking for new police procedural novels and so even though she appears to have gone off the radar I shall download the first of these now and give her a try. Thank you for bringing her to my attention.


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