Piu Eatwell is hot on the trail of one of the 20th Century’s most famous cold cases — the Black Dahlia murder – and she takes us along for the ride … back to Los Angeles in the winter of 1947, back to the wealth of evidence assembled by the cops, by the tabloids and news dailies, by a 1949 grand jury. The ride is well worth taking, especially when she hones in on a plausible and previously neglected suspect in the case.
— Jon Lewis, author of 'Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles'

Piu Eatwell, non-fiction writer

Piu Marie Eatwell

Piu Eatwell is a writer based in Paris, France.  She writes historical true crime as well as books about her adopted home country.

Piu was born in India. She studied English at Oxford University, graduating ‘summa cum laude’ with a starred First Class degree, ranked 4th out of all students taking the final examination. As an undergraduate at Oxford, Piu won a scholarship and was awarded the Skeat-Whitfield Essay Prize, for an essay on the work of the eighteenth century English writer, Laurence Sterne.  She subsequently worked as a lawyer and television producer for the BBC and other TV companies.  Piu worked, among other things, on the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary Charles Manson: the Man who Killed the Sixties (in which she makes a guest appearance as a hippie in a wig), and the ITV Southbank Show series, Cyberspace.

Piu’s first book, They Eat Horses, Don’t They? The Truth About the French won the Next Generation Indie Award for non-fiction and was the Daily Mail and the Times book of the week.  Her next book, The Dead Duke, his Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse, is a true-life historical mystery based on a famous Edwardian trial.  The Dead Duke was an Amazon bestseller and was included in the Amazon and Goodreads Best Books of the Month for October 2015.  It was also shortlisted for Best History Book of the Year in the 2015 Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards.

Piu’s next French-themed book, F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders, was published in June 2016.  Her latest book, Black Dahlia, Red Rose, reverts to historical true crime and presents startling new evidence in relation to a notorious murder that took place in Los Angeles in 1947.  Black Dahlia, Red Rose is published in 2017, the 70th anniversary year of the Dahlia murder.

When not delving in history archives or writing about her adopted country, Piu lives in Paris. She is married with three children.