Vicki Tyley

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Vicki Tyley, a #1 Kindle bestselling author in Mystery & Suspense, is the author of Thin Blood, (Amazon 2010 Customer Favorite) , Sleight Malice, Brittle Shadows, Fatal Liaison, and Bitter Nothings.

Based in rural Victoria, Australia, Vicki Tyley writes fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings.

Born and raised in New Zealand, she moved to Western Australia with a single suitcase when she was nineteen years old. She has travelled extensively, spending a year touring the world before terrorism was an influencing factor. She has lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps.

In the lead up to her writing career,

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Vicki Tyley Many thanks for your question, Marianne. It’s a good one and one I’m often asked. The reason none of my books have been published in print yet is beca…moreMany thanks for your question, Marianne. It’s a good one and one I’m often asked. The reason none of my books have been published in print yet is because my agent had been negotiating to sell the print rights. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control meant that particular deal fell in a hole. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I do have trade paperback versions that I created for a couple of my beta readers available at cost (I don’t earn royalties or anything else on these), which are available to anyone who prefers to read a printed book:

Thin Blood (EN-AU)

Sleight Malice (EN-AU)

Brittle Shadows (EN-AU)

Fatal Liaison (EN-US)

Bitter Nothings (EN-US)(less)
Vicki Tyley My characters are not usually based on specific people but rather grow from my observations of people over the years. Empathy is a good trait for a wr…moreMy characters are not usually based on specific people but rather grow from my observations of people over the years. Empathy is a good trait for a writer to possess. It makes getting inside your characters’ heads much easier. I’m glad no one can see me writing, because I often act out the scene. Not a good look.

Details drawn from real people and real life experiences help make fictional characters come alive, but it wasn’t until Bitter Nothings that I delved into my own family. And that’s probably because enough years have passed that I can now talk openly about it. In Bitter Nothings, the protagonist’s mother had committed suicide on what would’ve been her and her estranged husband’s thirtieth wedding anniversary. In one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction twists, my mother committed suicide on my parents’ twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Obviously the details and motives are different and my parents were still married, but the emotion and questions are still the same.(less)
Average rating: 3.67 · 1,141 ratings · 244 reviews · 8 distinct worksSimilar authors
Fatal Liaison

3.68 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Thin Blood

3.51 avg rating — 293 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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Brittle Shadows

3.56 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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Sleight Malice

3.81 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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Bitter Nothings

3.72 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Two Birds

3.71 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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"Book 9 in the Mitch Rapp series published 2006.

Stars 3.5 rounded up to 4.
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"Book 9 in the Will Trent series published 2019.

It’s taken me a little over a year to get to this book, fool that I am.
This is a warts and all insightful look at the way society works in todays world and none of it is very pleasant. On display here we" Read more of this review »
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Vicki Tyley Thanks, Rob. I think books should be available across as many platforms and regions as possible. I know from personal experience how frustrating it is when the book you want to read is not available in your format or country.

message 7: by Rob

Rob Hello Vicki and thanks for the invite. I am so glad that you have published on Kobo as that is my prefered ebook reader. Without Kobo I would never have read any of your work, so thank you.

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Vicki Tyley Thanks for the lovely comment, Majenta.

Wishing you also a great month, whatever it may hold.


Majenta Hello, Vicki, thanks for contacting me! I hope you are well and will have a great July 2017! Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta

Christine Hi Vicki, many thanks for the friend request! I see I actually have two of your books on my to read list. I must get to them. In the meantime, I will look forward to sharing book ideas with you!

Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

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Simon Hey Vicki,

Thanks for the kind words.


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Vicki Tyley Thanks, Anne. Lovely to be here. xxx

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