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 - Founder & Commercial Director

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

Betsy Reavley - Founder & Publishing Director

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.


Sumaira Wilson - Publishing Assistant

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 - Publicist

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 maximises coverage for Bloodhound's titles through arranging blog tours, securing press coverage and organising events. 

Emma Mitchell - Editor

Emma picked up her first crime novel, The Secret of Spiggy Holes by Enid Blyton, way back when she was just nine-years-old. The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene soon followed and she never looked back.

Falling into a sales career, Emma was always the go to girl in the office to check over important documents with her meticulous eye for detail. This led to her biting the bullet in April 2016, quitting the rat-race and beginning her journey to becoming a qualified copy editor. Emma is an avid reader and book blogger and joins the Bloodhound team on a freelance basis to support the Editorial Team with their ever-increasing manuscript pile.



Clare Law - Editor

Clare is an editor and writer with 16 years of experience in a variety of settings including local news. 
She re-trained to focus on book publishing and set up her own editing business in August 2015 to provide copy-editing to both traditional publishers and independent clients. As a keen writer she has benefitted from an editor's red pen and understands how it feels to have your work kindly but firmly scrutinised and improved.

Clare is employed by Bloodhound Books on a freelance basis and is our first port of call when it comes to editing new titles. 


Lesley Jones - Editor

Lesley is a freelance copyeditor with her own business (, and who has experience in editing for both major publishing houses and independent authors.  She is a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). In a former life Lesley was a solicitor specialising in criminal law, which is a great asset when editing police procedurals and thrillers! Her approach to editing is detailed and scrupulous, aiming to perfect the author’s text whilst retaining the writer’s distinct voice.