2021 Mystery Short Story Competition: Meet the Judges

Sam Hepburn

Meet the judges

Sam Hepburn

Sam is the author of the Young Adult thrillers Chasing the Dark and If You Were Me, which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 20216 – and books for younger readers; Serpent’s Gold and Quicksilver. She won the Margery Allingham short story prize in 2017 and now writes psychological thrillers for adults.  She read modern languages at Cambridge University before joining the BBC. Her latest novel is the thriller Gone Before.

Jim Noy

Jim Noy

A secondary school Maths teacher for over a decade, Jim Noy’s love of detective fiction was first ignited by the works of Agatha Christie.  Jim blogs at The Invisible Event where he reviews mysteries, regularly featuring books written for younger readers.

Dee Lalljee

Dee Lalljee

Dee runs the fabulous Crediton Community Bookshop, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Independent Bookshop of the Year Awards and is one of the best bookshops in the South West. The non-profit bookshop is owned by over three hundred community shareholders, and it runs events and outreach activities at the shop and across Devon, including talks by patrons and an award-winning schools outreach programme.

Tiana-Louise Hammond

In 2020, Tiana-Louise won the older writers’ category of the International Agatha Christie Festival Mystery Short Story Competition. She enjoys crime and mystery books, 1900 and 1950s fashion and she hopes to study criminology.