Holly Watts

Holly Watts is the author of  “To The Lions”  – which won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller of the year in 2019. In 2020, her second book, The Dead Line, was named one of the Thrillers of the Year by The Times and the FT. The Casey Benedict series continues with The Hunt and The Kill, which will be published in July 2021.


Before writing novels, I was an investigative journalist. I started at the Sunday Times (long, complicated story), before moving to the Daily Telegraph.
During six years at the Telegraph, I was the Whitehall Editor and jointly ran the investigations team. I then moved to work on the Guardian’s investigations team (yes, a bit of a leap politically…).


I worked on stories including MPs’ Expenses at the Telegraph and the Panama Papers at the Guardian and I also did lots of undercover work.


I’ve reported from countries all around the world, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Libya, Jordan, and Lebanon (some of which appear in my books).

Books in order of publication:

To the Lions (Casey Benedict # 1) – 2019

The Dead Line (Casey Benedict # 2) – 2020

The Hunt and The Kill (Casey Benedict # 3) – 2021

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