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Judy Upton Novels, and published plays/short stories.

Judy has the following novels in print.

Brownlow Checks In.
  • Genre: Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives; Crime and mystery: cosy mystery
  • Copyright (c) 2023 by Judy Upton
  • Publisher: Hobart Books
  • ISBN: 978-1914322181
  • Format: Paperback/Kindle. Price £9.99
  • Publication date: 14 May 2023

Synopsis: Two cats are stolen from an upmarket Sussex cattery, one right under the nose of Brownlow, the sniffer dog of pet detective Sophie Gorrage. The Felinicity Cat Hotel And Spa offers five star luxury boarding and its owner is worried about the damage to her establishment’s reputation.

To Sophie Gorrage something about the cat thefts doesn’t add up. Russian Blue Stravinsky and Scottish Fold McCracken are both much-loved companions, but with no similar raids recently reported there’s nothing to suggest a professional thief is stealing pedigree cats. With no suspects, finding stolen felines is proving trickier than herding cats.

Sophie tries delving into the history of both stolen animals. Two weeks previously, Stravinsky's owner had been raided by thieves, who stole a set of diamonds hired to wear at the BAFTAs. It might be unrelated, but Sophie Gorrage doesn’t believe in coincidences. As the trail leads from London to Paris, she and Brownlow are pitted against ruthless criminals of a very different kind than those they’ve encountered before.

Available on Amazon:- Brownlow Checks In: It takes a dog to catch a cat burglar: 2 (A Brownlow Mystery)

Sniff Them Out, Brownlow!
  • Genre: Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives; Crime and mystery: cosy mystery
  • Copyright (c) 2021 by Judy Upton
  • Publisher: Hobart Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-914322-13-6
  • Format: Paperback/Kindle. Price £9.99
  • Publication date: 30 August 2022

Synopsis: He always follows his nose.

Sophie Gorrage and her trained sniffer dog Brownlow work as pet detectives. On any normal day they’ll track down all kinds of lost creatures, reuniting them with their grateful owners. But when the Cocker Spaniels of reality TV star Rouki Bennett are snatched from a Sussex common, Sophie is keen to take on the high profile case.

To her dismay Rouki doesn’t think that hiring the pet detectives will lead to the recovery of her beloved dogs. Before the demanding diva can decide, Sophie and Brownlow hear from chart-topping rapper Medalsum, whose dog Tasha has been grabbed during a violent carjacking in east London. He wants them to investigate.

In a brief period, two more canines in the public eye are stolen. Sophie suspects the cases are all related, and it appears she and Brownlow are dealing with a serial dognapper.

The pet detective duo has encountered dog thieves before, but those criminals were after fashionable breeds to sell on for quick profits, rather than targeting the dogs of celebrities. Why snatch their dogs though?

Sophie needs all her deductive skills and Brownlow his first class nose as they attempt to discover who is stealing the dogs, where they are taking them, and why. But just as they are getting close to their quarry, the stakes are dramatically raised, and the lives of both human and dog are put in peril.

See: https://www.hobartbooks.com/product-page/sniff-them-out-brownlow

The book has the following reviews online:-

Ingenue Magazine issue 38 -  ingénu/e 38, winter 2022/23 by ingenue.magazine - Issuu (Page 68)
Promoting Crime Fiction Blogspot - https://promotingcrime.blogspot.com/2023/01/sniff-them-out-brownlow-by-judy-upton.html?m=1


What Maisie Didn't Know.

  • ISBN 978-1903110812

  • Copyright (c) 2021 by Judy Upton

  • Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press

  • Price £14. Format: Hardback.

The further adventures of the characters from Judy's published novella "Maisie and Mrs Webster" (2018)

Synopsis: Maisie is outrageous, fun loving and one of life's rebels. Despite her serious mobility issues, she's excited to be moving into the new flat her "social wonder" has found her. Previously, her closest companion has been Mrs Webster, the spider she's made an Instagram sensation. Now, for the first time, she has neighbours and high hopes it's all going to be just like "Friends". But with a gun in the meter cupboard and strangers turning up day and night, Maisie soon starts to realise that home isn't always where the heart is.

Out Of The Frying Pan
  • Genre: Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives
  • Copyright (c) 2021 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Hobart Books.
  • ISBN: 978-1-914322-07-5 Format: Paperback
  • Publication date: 30 August 2021.
  • Price £8.99

Synopsis: How many artists does it take to solve a kidnapping?

Brighton sculptor Vonnie Sharpe’s laid back routine is shattered when her flatmate Gina is carjacked during a bank robbery.

Gina’s car is found abandoned on the South Downs but there’s no sign of the quiet young chip shop worker. A worried Vonnie enlists the help of her arty friends in the race to find her. With a singer, actor and busker on her team, she half-wonders if she could’ve got Arts Council funding for her search.

Vonnie tracks down the bank robber, who insists he left Gina unharmed in her car. From here the trail twists and turns through art classes, language schools and escape rooms, as she narrows down her list of suspects. A ransom note arrives and it’s Vonnie who the kidnappers want to deliver the money. With the cash drop imminent and not knowing who she can trust, she needs to find answers - and quickly.

Available on Kindle Get your advance copy on Kindle now, or pre-order the paperback from your local bookshop!

Hobart Books info@hobartbooks.com or visit the out-of-the-frying-pan page on their website.

There are now several reviews of this book online:-

Ingenue Magazine Issue 35 - https://issuu.com/ingenue.magazine/docs/ingenue-35_spring-2022_webr
Number 9 Review Blog spot
  - https://number9reviews.blogspot.com/2021/11/book-review-out-of-frying-pan.html
Whispering Stories
- https://www.whisperingstories.com/out-of-the-frying-pan-judy-upton-book-review/
The Fringe Review website - http://fringereview.co.uk/review/brighton-year-round/2023/out-of-the-frying-pan/

The novel was a reader recommendation in Yours Magazine (issue 395. Feb 8-21 2022)

Hometown Tales: South Coast. 

A two novella volume containing 'Maisie And Mrs Webster' by Judy Upton

  • Copyright (c) 2018 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson
  • ISBN-13: 9781474608701
  • On sale 28th June 2018
  • Price £9.99

Synopsis: Maisie is an irrepressible force of nature, despite being bed bound, and Mrs Webster is a very influential spider.

The following books featuring Judy's work have also been published :-

Solo Play Titles.
Judy's plays are published by Methuen Publishing Ltd. Their website contains further details, larger pictures of the book covers, plus links to Amazon so you can purchase the books from the comfort of your armchair :-)

Judy Upton: Plays 1. 
  • Copyright (c) 2001 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Methuen Publishing Ltd.
  • ISBN 0-413-77020-6

A collection of Judy's early works, this publication contains five plays: Ashes and Sand, Stealing Souls, Sunspots, People on the River, and Know Your Rights, plus an introduction by the author.

Judy Upton: Plays 2. 
  • Copyright (c) 2021 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Methuen Publishing Ltd.
  • ISBN
  • Published: 23rd September 2021

This second volume of Judy's plays features Bruises; The Girlz; Sliding With Suzanne; Gaby Goes Global; and a selection of Lockdown Tales, plus an introduction by the author.

A PDF eBook (Watermarked) is available. See https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/judy-upton-plays-2-9781350249172/ for more details

Sliding with Suzanne.
  • Copyright (c) 2001 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Methuen Publishing Ltd.
  • ISBN 0-413-76970-4

The book also includes extra playwriting materials including an essay by Judy entitled "Start Writing Plays".


  • Copyright (c) 1998 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Methuen Publishing Limited
  • ISBN No: 0-413-77290-X
  • New Edition published 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-350-08745-3
  • Has details/pictures from the Boundless Theatre Production.



Bruises & The Shorewatchers' House.

  • Two Plays
  • Bruises Copyright (c) 1995 by Judy Upton
  • The Shorewatchers' House Copyright (c) 1996 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Methuen Drama 
  • ISBN No: 0-413-70430-0



  • Copyright (c) 1995 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Methuen Drama 
  • ISBN No: 0-413-70420-3

A fast-track playscript - published to coincide with the premiere in November 1995. This edition has been superseded by the joint volume shown above. 

Judy's work has also featured in the following collections.

Frontline Intelligence 3.

  • Play Featured: Ashes and Sand
  • Ashes and Sand and Afterword: Copyright (c) 1995 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Methuen Drama
  • ISBN No: 0-413-69430-5

Contains an afterword by the author explaining the origins of the play.

Best of the Fest.

  • Play featured: Everlasting Rose
  • Everlasting Rose: Copyright (c) 1998 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Aurora Metro Publications Ltd.
  • ISBN No: 0-9515877-8-1


International Connections 

  • Play featured: Team Spirit
  • Team Spirit: Copyright (c) 2002 by Judy Upton
  • Published by Faber and Faber Limited
  • ISBN No: 0-571-21647-1

Amsterdam Quarterly 2020 Year Book
  • Story featured: Urban Foxes.
  • Urban Foxes: Copyright (c) 2021 by Judy Upton



C.A.T.S.: Cycling Across Time And Space: 11 Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories about Bicycling and Cats

Stories about cosmic bicycles and fantastic felines Has your cat been plotting to take over command of your spaceship? This and other important questions are tackled in the 11 science fiction and fantasy stories in this volume, told variously from the perspectives of humans and cats. A bicycle designer finds an exciting new technical challenge on a planet inhabited by felines. A wise cat tries to convince an excited puppy not to chase cyclists. On Mars, a cat helps save the life of their human after a quake. In other stories, a student must live with the consequences of magic gone awry, a cat contrives to go on a bicycle trip, a police robot learns empathy, a captured tiger lashes out, and a young sphinx finds her wings.

Featuring stories by Alice Dryden, Cherise Fong, Gerri Leen, Gretchin Lair, Jessie Kwak, Judy Upton, Juliet Wilson, Kathleen Jowitt, Kiya Nicoll, Monique Cuillerier, and Summer Jewel Keown.

Crimeucopia - The Cosy Nostra
  • Contains: 'Good Boy Brownlow!' by Judy Upton
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Murderous Ink Press
  • ISBN: 9781909498242
  • Format: Paperback and Kindle Edition
  • Published 17 June 2021.

Seventeen writers take us on Cosy journeys - some more traditional, while others are very much up to date.

Dog detective Brownlow actually made his debut in a short story in this anthology published in 2021. Of course, Brownlow now features in his first novel 'Sniff Them Out, Brownlow!' (Hobart Books).


Of course, you can't buy the books from us - but try your local friendly internet bookstore and see which are still in print - and obviously order hundreds for your friends.

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Text and Site Design - Copyright (c) 1999-2023 Judy Upton.

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