Calling all readers: please vote for me!

(And donate to a great cause while you’re at it.)

Ten of the world’s best crime writers are competing to have a state-of-the-art morgue named after them – and you can vote for me!

The morgue is going to be a centre for scientific research and training, helping the next generation of scientists, doctors and dentists to become better at saving lives and at developing cures for a huge range of illnesses. The morgue will also be instrumental for Prof Sue Black’s work with the police in the UK; in smashing paedophile networks, in understanding how crimes were committed, as well as her endeavours overseas – she’s travelled the world, helping identify bodies that are decomposed, burned, mutilated or otherwise unrecognisable, including the victims of natural disasters, such as the 2004 tsunami. Sue’s highest profile project was identifying the bodies of Slobodan Milosevic’s victims in mass graves in the Balkans – both for public record, and for burial. The new morgue will help Sue and her team be at the forefront of new technology as well as being the training ground for a new generation, people who can carry on Sue’s work across the globe.

To vote online for Tess, go to

To vote by text, use the code TESG10

All codes should be sent to 70070 along with the amount in pounds. So, if I wanted to donate £10 for Tess, I would type:


and send it to 70070.

(You get one vote per pound donation. 1 pound = $1.60)

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