Lauren Henderson was born in London and educated at Cambridge, where she studied English literature. She worked as a journalist for newspapers and music magazines before moving to Tuscany to write books, work as a waitress, learn Italian and party through the rest of her twenties. Finally, after eight years, she dragged herself away and, lured by ďSex and the CityĒ, moved to Manhattan. She has now moved back to settle in London, long-suffering husband and an unfeasibly large cat in tow. Laurenís interests include trapeze, pole-dancing, watching ďAmericaís Next Top ModelĒ on TV, and cocktail-drinking.

Lauren has been described in the press as both the Dorothy Parker and the Betty Boop of the British crime novel. She also writes for many UK-based publications, including Grazia and Cosmopolitan and several national newspapers.


Laurenís books have been translated into over 20 languages.

Lauren has written seven novels in her Sam Jones mystery series:

  • Dead White Female
  • Too Many Blondes
  • The Black Rubber Dress
  • Freeze My Margarita
  • The Strawberry Tattoo
  • Chained!
  • Pretty Boy

The Sam Jones series has been optioned for US TV.

She has also written three romantic comedies:

  • My Lurid Past
  • Donít Even Think About It
  • Exes Anonymous

and a non-fiction book:

  • Jane Austenís Guide to Dating.

This has been optioned as a feature film by Millenium Films and Kiwi Smith, the writer of Ten Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde.

Lauren has also written the four-book Scarlett Wakefield Young Adult mystery series for Delacorte US, which consists of three books so far:

  • Kiss Me Kill Me
  • Kisses and Lies
  • Kiss In The Dark
  • Kiss of Death

And the two-book Violet Routledge Young Adult mystery series for Delacorte US:

  • Flirting in Italian
  • Kissing in Italian

Under the name Rebecca Chance, Lauren now writes glamorous thrillers and you can find more information here. Please note that these books are not suitable for under-18 year-olds or any readers who want to avoid racy sex scenes and saucy dialogue!

Lauren is also the author of many short stories in various anthologies, including the Daggers-nominated Dark Mirror. Together with Stella Duffy she has edited an anthology of women-behaving-badly crime stories, "Tart Noir".