Bloodhound Books

A Leading Independent publisher of crime and thriller fiction

Bloodhound Books is a leading independent crime fiction publisher based in Cambridge, UK. We specialise in crime, thrillers, mystery & chillers. 

Fred Freeman 





After years spent beavering away in offices honing his sales and marketing skills, Fred decided finally to put this know-how to good use and pursue his passion for literature.

In August 2014 he co-founded Bloodhound Books. He oversees broad areas of the business including; marketing and distribution, production and business operations.

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Betsy Reavley -





As well as being the best-selling author of five novels, Betsy is also a dynamo in the publishing arena. She jointly founded Bloodhound Books and plays a critical role in its ongoing success.

Betsy is responsible for commissioning new titles, as well as author liaison and overseeing the cover design process. Betsy also plays a big role in growing Bloodhound's social media presence.


Alexina Golding -


Commissioning Advisor

Alexina was an avid reader from an early age, reading widely across a variety of genres. Two years ago she picked up her first psychological thriller and has been hooked on everything crime fiction ever since.

Alexina is Commissioning Advisor at Bloodhound Books and assists with reading the ever-growing pile of incoming submissions, providing her sage advice on which titles we consider for publication.


Tim Flanagan-


Digital Marketing Manager



Tim has worked in design and marketing for indie authors as well as writers who have been traditionally published through Harpercollins, Piatkus and Little Brown, allowing them to sell to a worldwide online audience. He is constantly adapting to changing market conditions and can often be found in one of his author support groups on social media advising authors on branding, marketing and developing an online platform.

Sumaira Wilson 

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Sumaira has been an avid book reader since childhood and her passion for books has only increased as she has got older. Sumaira spent 18 years working in the financial industry, where she gained her organisational skills. After taking a career break to a raise her family Sumaira's dream came true when she converted her passion to profession and joined as Publishing Assistant. 

As Publishing Assistant, Sumaira manages the production of Bloodhound's print and digital titles from editorial to publication ready stage.

Sarah Hardy-


An avid reader, reviewer and blogger, Sarah can always be found with her head very much stuck in a book. Her love of reading from a young age has only grown with time and she is very passionate about books and supporting authors. A lover of different genres over the years, her firm favourites are crime/thrillers. 

As Books Publicist Sarah maximizes coverage for Bloodhound's titles through arranging blog tours, securing press coverage and organising events. 

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Heather Fitt - Commissioning Assistant

Heather has loved to read since she was a child, reading as many Enid Blyton books as she could get her hands on.  As an adult she enjoys reading, recommending and reviewing psychological thrillers and crime fiction; especially those written by authors who may not (yet) be household names.

Heather’s role involves working with the submissions team and assisting in the commissioning of new titles.

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Jill Burkinshaw - Operations Executive 

Jill holds a 2:1 degree in Accounting & Information Systems and has 18 years’ experience working in these areas.  Her main hobby is reading crime fiction and over recent years she has expanded this to gain knowledge of publishing and promotion.  The work that goes on behind the scenes from an idea in an Author’s head to a book appearing on the shelves (or pages) of retailers is one that she has strived to be a part of for several years.

As Operations Executive Jill plays a crucial role in the processing of royalty payments and generating meaningful reports and statistics for Bloodhound Books' management team.

Editors & Proofreaders:

Bloodhound Books work closely with a dedicated team of experienced and highly trained editors & proofreaders, including; Emma Mitchell, Clare Law, Lesley Jones, & Morgen Bailey.