A. J. Cross is a Birmingham, West Midlands-based writer, and novelist, as well as a forensic psychologist, and is often a court-appointed expert witness.
A. J. Cross is a Birmingham, West Midlands-based writer and novelist.
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Cross' qualifications include a Masters Degree and a Ph.D. degree obtained at the University of Birmingham.
A. J. Cross
(Doctor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are facing...)
Doctor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are facing their most challenging cold case yet: the year-old murder of a female student. When, a year after she went missing, the body of 19-year-old student Elizabeth Williams is discovered in a field near her college, Dr. Kate Hanson and her colleagues are faced with a seemingly impossible challenge. The badly decomposed remains are offering up few clues, and witnesses are proving either unreliable or reluctant to talk at all. With little in the way of forensic evidence, Kate realizes that if she is to have any chance of discovering who killed Elizabeth, she must find out what motivated the killer, the reason behind the murder, the why. To do that, she must look beyond what she and her colleagues are being told by those who knew Elizabeth – and into the twisted psyche of a dangerous murderer: a killer whom Kate suspects is ready to kill again.
(Doctor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are baffle...)
Doctor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are baffled as to motive when the body of a young man is discovered. When a body is discovered locked inside a church crypt, its throat torn out, the victim’s identity is quickly established as 20-year-old Matthew Flynn, son of one of the city’s leading entrepreneurs, who disappeared a year earlier. For forensic psychologist Kate Hanson, the evidence reveals careful planning but also loss of control. It makes no sense. Nor can she and her team agree as to motive. Is it drugs? Money? Sex? The only thing that’s clear is that Matthew Flynn had been keeping secrets from his family and friends. Then Kate discovers that another young man is missing.
(Professor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit unearth...)
Professor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit unearth some shocking findings when they re-examine a 10-year-old murder case. For the past ten years, David Lockman has been serving a life sentence for the murder of Della Harrington. Now an appeal judge has decreed the forensic evidence unsatisfactory and the original verdict unsafe. Tasked with re-examining the case, forensic psychologist Kate Hanson and her colleagues unearth serious flaws in the original police investigation.
(Introducing criminologist Will Traynor in the first of a ...)
Introducing criminologist Will Traynor in the first of a gripping new forensic mystery series from an expert in the field. When a headless body is discovered on a popular jogging trail, Detective Inspector Bernard Watts and his team are plunged headlong into a baffling murder investigation. Why would someone stab to death a young woman on her daily run - and take her head? When a close examination of the crime scene results in a shocking discovery linking the present murder to a past crime, criminologist Will Traynor is brought in to assist the police.
Cross' qualifications include a Masters Degree in educational psychology and a Ph.D. degree in forensic psychology obtained at the University of Birmingham, the latter relating to children as witnesses within the criminal court system.
Cross has been a voracious reader of crime fiction for as long as she can remember. She is fascinated by the capacity for people to behave in such widely and wildly deviant ways yet it wasn't until around 2006 that she realized that being a forensic psychologist was a good starting point for her as a fledgling author: "Once I got the idea I just thought "I can do this." Of course, I didn't have a clue what I was doing but somewhere along the line I got it right, got an agent and a publisher. You just need to have a go if you really want to do something."
In her Something Evil Comes and the other novels, Bernard Watts crashed onto the page as an amalgam of Birmingham males she has known and a good foil for Kate Hanson whom he regards at the outset as an ivory-tower academic and, worse, a southerner. Over time he's become more accepting of her expertise but they're both strong characters, so they inevitably clash. Lieutenant Joe Corrigan was intended as a source of gentle humor because Hanson tends to be all work but over time he's grown as a character in ways, she didn't even foresee.
Her books are now published in the United States which she is truly thrilled about.
Also, a forensic psychologist, she works as a court-appointed expert witness and has also worked as a consultant for the Probation Service in one of its Sex Offender Units.
(Doctor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are facing...)2017
(Professor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit unearth...)2018
(Introducing criminologist Will Traynor in the first of a ...)2020
(Doctor Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are baffle...)2017
"Because it was written from both the heart and from the experience of being a Forensic Psychologist I don’t think it’s something I set out to do."
"It took me a long time to figure out that it was the two-hour format which enabled the writers to develop rounded characters who interacted with and talked to each other in a way which felt believable, plus it was a master-class in conveying all of that interaction in an economical way, which isn’t easy."
"I think my enjoyment of the characters and the situations I drop them into make it work. I really know them now so I'm aware how far I can push them yet maintain their believability. None of them is perfect. They have their foibles. I care about what happens to them. I think it all helps."
Cross once stated that she loves music. However, she can’t stand it to hear while working. Her musician husband has music as a constant even when not working. And it’d drive her nuts.
Her favorite authors are Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, Patricia Highsmith, P.D. James and Tess Gerritsen, also Truman Capote and Joseph Wambaugh because she also loves true crime. She says that there’s a strong vein of psychology in many of these and that these writers are symbolic of her lifelong fascination with a crime in general but she didn’t set out to be a forensic psychologist because of that. Forensic psychology sort of found her. She’d say that Patricia Cornwell was her first real inspiration, followed by Kathy Reichs, although at the time she didn’t realise she was being inspired.
Physical Characteristics: Anne Cross is a left-handed shorthand writer.
Cross currently lives in the West Midlands with her husband, a musician.