Dark crime and noir fiction

Human nature red in tooth and claw...

Tess writes a distinctive brand of British comedie noir and her short stories have darkened the pages of over a dozen anthologies and magazines. She sets much of her work around the city of Birmingham, in particular the leafy but dubious suburbs, the back streets, and of course, the many canals. She often includes references to Pink Floyd songs, not to mention the occasional elephant.

Her novel 'Gravy Train', a comedy-noir romp featuring a bunch of losers chasing a bag of money around Birmingham, is available from All Due Respect, while dark psychological noir 'Raise the Blade' is newly available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Latest gossip
  • Two book launches in one week? This time it's the turn of Shotgun Honey's fourth anthology, 'Recoil', which includes Tess's short dark revenge story 'Jericho'.

  • Tess Who?

    Just who is this Makovesky woman anyway - and what's all the stuff about Birmingham, Pink Floyd and elephants?

    More books...

    Tess's stories have darkened the pages of anthologies and magazines for years. Find a list here.

    In the Works

    Coming to the boil, or bubbling under? See what other dark delights Tess has in store for her readers...

    Latest blog post
  • Raise the Blade re-published

    Great news today. After a brief delay while Amazon checked my rights, my darkly humorous psychological noir ‘Raise the Blade’ has gone live on both Kindle and Kindle Unlimited...

  • Blatant trumpet blowing

    Don't just take Tess's word for it - here's what other readers have said