Martina Cole is the Buisness by Ali Karim




One of the biggest selling crime writers in the UK is Martina Cole, but she hasn’t become the staple of the bestseller charts overnight. Martina came from very humble beginnings and has worked hard all her life raising her son and writing urban thrillers which have attracted a loyal following. This year Martina Cole is even busier as she launches a new TV series ‘Martina Cole’s Lady Killers’ as well as the ‘Martina Cole’s Girl Gangs’ and has her new novel ‘The Business’ released this month. Predictably ‘The Business’ has hit the No 1 spot in the UK hardcover charts. Martina’s publisher Headline Publishing’s Managing Director Martin Neild, and her Agent Darley Anderson decided to celebrate the launch of ‘The Business’ at Dolce – an exclusive club in Air Street just off Piccadilly Circus. Joining in the celebrations were Alt-Country Rock band ‘Alabama-3’ who ensured the party went with style.


Ali and Martina

The event was packed with Martina’s friends, her colleagues from Headlne Publishing, film and TV. Unfortunately Mike Stotter was ill so I ventured into this exclusive party with just my camera for company. Luckily, I spotted friends Wayne Brooks and Thalia Proctor as well as the Crimesquad Team fronted by Chris Simmons to toast Martina’s success.


So what’s ‘The Business’ all about – we’ll here’s the teaser


“Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep the family afloat. And graft she does, becoming a name in her own right. But she still has to watch her daughter's life spiral into a vicious, hate-fuelled cycle of drugs and prostitution. Caught up in the carnage that is Imelda's existence are Mary's adored grandchildren, Jordanna and Kenny. Pretty little Jordanna isn't yet three and she already knows far too much. All she can do is look after her baby brother, Kenny, and try not to draw unwanted attention to herself. Set in the East End of London from the tail-end of the seventies up until the present-day, THE BUSINESS is a tale of drugs, prostitution and a young girl's fight for survival -- against all the odds.”


Martina is very loyal to her friends and colleagues. She thanked Mike Stotter and I for all the support Shots Magazine has given her over the years. So Shotsmag wish to join in the celebrations with a special Martina Cole Competition. The prize being a specially signed copy of ‘The Business’ Hardcover for the reader who can answer this simple question –


“Can you tell us which county in England was Martina Cole born and bred in?”

Martina's Party


Please send your answer by email to – and please mark the subject line on your email “Martina Cole is The Business” and please ensure you write your mailing address in the email.


The Competition closes at Midnight on Wednesday 31st December 2008 and a winner will be drawn out of the Shots Magazine Hat.


Only one entry allowed per person and the Editor’s decision is final.


Shots Magazine wish to thank Martina Cole and Headline Publishing for donating the competition prize.


If you’ve never read Martina Cole, you’ve got a lot of great reading ahead of you because when it comes to tough urban thrillers with a heart – Martina Cole is The Business.


  • Dangerous Lady (1992)
  • The Ladykiller (1993)
  • Goodnight Lady (1994))
  • The Jump (1995)
  • The Runaway (1997)
  • Two Women (1999)
  • Broken (2000)
  • Faceless (2001)
  • Maura's Game (2002)
  • The Know (2003)
  • The Graft (2004)
  • The Take (2005)
  • Close (2006)
  • Faces (2007)
  • The Business (2008)


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