facebook twitter goodreads email
robin burcell robin burcell

Kate Gillespie Series

Kate Gillespie is the first female homicide detective for San Francisco PD in this award-winning series.

Read praise for the series

Every Move She Makes Fatal Truth Fudging the Books Cold Case


Cold Case

Cold Case

Book 4

The colder it gets . . .the hotter it gets.

Three years ago SFPD Homicide Investigator Kate Gillespie was in pursuit of a suspect who murdered a hooker in a sleazy motel, and she nearly lost her own life in the process. The shooter escaped into the San Francisco shadows and the trail went colder than the grave. Now Kate's appearance on a Bay Area "crime stoppers" TV show produces new leads that carry her back into the sordid world of drugs and prostitution—and point her toward a local crime boss whose missing wife is possibly linked to multiple men and multiple murders. But when a dangerous knot of betrayals, secrets, and criminal cover-ups starts unraveling, Kate can only hope she'll be as lucky as she was on that black night at the Twin Palms Motel. Because the only way to the truth leads directly into the line of fire . . .

Read an excerpt

BUY THE BOOK:
Indiebound Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Murder by the Book Mysterious Galaxy

Avon, paperback, January 2004, ISBN: 9780061053771


Deadly Legacy

Deadly Legacy

Book 3

A homicide inspector with the San Francisco Police Department, Kate Gillespie worked hard to get where she is. But a frantic phone call from a snitch threatens to destroy everything she is and everything she's earned. Pulled from the bright lights of the Homicide office onto the shadowy night streets, she arrives at a clandestine meet just in time to see the frightened informer shot dead ... by another cop. Now Kate is a target, on a trail of dirty deals, corruption, and escalating violence that reaches back into her own troubled family history and deep into a department riddled with dark secrets and truths that kill. Suddenly Kate Gillespie is teetering on a "blue wall of silence" and being set up to take a long, fatal fall—by a relentless killer who's hiding in plain sight.

Read an excerpt

BUY THE BOOK:
Indiebound Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Murder by the Book Mysterious Galaxy

Avon, paperback, January 2003, ISBN: 9780061057878


Fatal Truth

Fatal Truth

Book 2

"...a taut police procedural stuffed with law enforcement jargon and exhilarating action sequences."
   —Publishers Weekly

A homicide inspector with the San Francisco Police Department, Kate Gillespie worked hard to get where she is. But a frantic phone call from a snitch threatens to destroy everything she is and everything she's earned. Pulled from the bright lights of the Homicide office onto the shadowy night streets, she arrives at a clandestine meet just in time to see the frightened informer shot dead ... by another cop. Now Kate is a target, on a trail of dirty deals, corruption, and escalating violence that reaches back into her own troubled family history and deep into a department riddled with dark secrets and truths that kill. Suddenly Kate Gillespie is teetering on a "blue wall of silence" and being set up to take a long, fatal fall—by a relentless killer who's hiding in plain sight.

Read an excerpt

BUY THE BOOK:
Indiebound Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Murder by the Book Mysterious Galaxy

Avon, paperback, July 2002, ISBN: 9780061061233


Every Move She Makes

Every Move She Makes

Book 1

"A sizzler! This smart and sexy thriller kept me up all night."
   —Janet Evanovich

Gruesome slasher murders are spreading terror in San Francisco. The pressure is on the police force to track down the killer before another young woman is found, throat cut, body abandoned. Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie is picked to lead the search with her partner, old-timer Sam Scolari.

This is the case that could make Kate's career. But the next victim stops her in her tracks—Sam's ex-wife. All evidence points to him. He goes underground, leaving Kate alone to prove his innocence, or his guilt.

Kate has to find the killer before the cops find Sam. Complicating matters is Mike "Torrid" Torrance, the sexiest Internal Affairs officer ever to carry a badge. He's watching Kate, an assignment that brings them far closer than they expected. Without a partner she can trust . . . with a killer and a cop watching her every move . . . can Kate find the truth before it's too late?

Read an excerpt

BUY THE BOOK:
Indiebound Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million Murder by the Book Mysterious Galaxy

HarperTorch, paperback, December 1999, ISBN: 9780061014321