A novelist and journalist. She read English literature at Oxford University before travelling to Baghdad in 2003 to help begin Iraq's first post-war English language newspaper. As a journalist she has worked for the BBC, the Guardian, Al Jazeera English and Time Out - in Kashmir, Iraq, Qatar, Finland, the UK and India. She wrote her first novel Murder in the Ashram, published by Little Brown, whilst living in Delhi. Her second novel, Grave Secrets in Goa was released in 2012. James Ellroy has called her “a stunning new voice in British Mystery Fiction”.