Detectives Harvey & Birch Series

Author: Buchanan, Kerry

Publication Date:

April 2021



Original language and publisher

English | Joffe Books

Territories Handled

France, Netherlands, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Audio (Tantor Media)


Crime & Thrillers

Detectives Harvey & Birch Series

Author: Buchanan, Kerry


Fans of Lynda La Plante, Tana French, Patricia Gibney, Brian McGilloway, and Helen Durant will devour this electrifying crime series by one of Northern Ireland’s newest talents

Asha Harvey has always had a powerful sense of right and wrong. She has wanted to be a detective since she was a child, and while she can be a little too trusting, her open manner makes people want to confide in her. She is especially driven to succeed as a woman of colour in a largely white, male police force in Northern Ireland. Her family support her and are ridiculously proud of her, which adds to her internal pressure to succeed.

Boyish and gangly, Aaron Birch entered the police force as a detective through a graduate recruitment scheme. This makes him the butt of snide remarks by fellow officers, so he always feels he has something to prove. He also has a tendency to stretch the rules to suit himself, which can lead to him getting into trouble.

A city of contrasts, Belfast is filled with beautiful old relics dating back to a golden age of shipbuilding and wealth, as well as the scars of more recent wounds. The city has an exciting sense of newness and potential, but it can’t quite shed those who lurk in the darker shadows born of its turbulent past.

KNIFE EDGE (Book 1, April 2021)

  • Shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2021/2022
  • #21 on the Amazon UK

Nic always hated clubbing. She only went out that night because she’d promised a friend.

She wakes up, naked and bound in an abandoned cottage in the middle of nowhere. Dappled light comes in through a dirty window. Her body is covered in cuts. Across the room her friend groans in pain.

A shadow passes the window. He’s back.

He picks up a knife. He begins to cut her friend. In that moment of bloody frenzy, Nic wrenches free and runs. She’s finally safe. But this is only just the beginning.

Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch arrive at the scene hours later. There is no body, there is no sign of the killer. It’s as if it never happened. You think you know how it ends? Think again.

SMALL BONES (Book 2, June 2021)

  • #22 Amazon Australia, #1 Hot New releases in Women’s Detective Fiction
  • #85 Amazon UK, #2 Serial Killer Thrillers, #5 Crime Thrillers/Murder Thrillers

If you can’t trust your father and you can’t trust the police, who can you trust?

Sue Hearn is planting a herb garden on the site of her grandfather’s old greenhouse. She’s spent the morning digging up all sorts of odds and ends already. But she doesn’t expect this grisly find. A skull. Could it be the remains of her mother, Monica, who went missing thirty years ago?

Sue’s father, in hospital with dementia, insinuates that a police officer was involved in her mother’s disappearance. But can he be trusted? So now Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch might be looking for a bent copper.

As they dig deeper into the past, Sue and Asha find secrets so dangerous it will put all their lives in danger.

DEADLY SHORES (Book 3, April 2022)

Two ships in the night. Another dead body. No safe harbour.

The tip-off comes just as the Christmas roast is being served. Smugglers coming into a boatyard in Bangor. Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch are sent in to investigate. It means being pulled away from pulling crackers, but in truth they’re both a bit relieved. Chief Superintendent Yvonne Patterson has been side-lining them lately – and this case could be big.

The illicit cargo is long gone by the time Asha and Aaron arrive, but local man Phil Johnston is caught on the boatyard’s CCTV. The same Phil Johnston who’s broken into and planted a brick of cocaine in the boatyard manager’s house. But before anyone can declare it case closed, the driver who delivered the boat is found murdered in his hotel room.

Harvey and Birch have found themselves caught in a deadly storm. Will they sink or swim?