About Stella

British Nigerian, Stella Oni, is the author of DEADLY SACRIFICE, a fast paced police procedural, set in London and Nigeria and about human trafficking and ritualistic killing. Its lead character is detective Toks Ade, the first black female police detective in UK fiction and published by Jacaranda Books.

Deadly Sacrifice was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2016 and was an Audible Crime & Thriller pick of the month. Stella won the ITW Thrillerfest BIPOC Scholarship in 2021 and was chosen as one of the runners up for the inaugural CrimeFest bursary for writers of colour in 2022. She is adjudicating the Crime Novel – Pitlochry Quaich competition for Scottish Association of Writers(SAW) in 2023.

Stella has a degree in Linguistics and African Languages from the University of Benin and an MSc in Information Systems and Technology from City University, London. She works as a Business Intelligence Analyst.

She is a cake enthusiast who decorates exquisite cakes and an avid foodie who writes about Food, Culture and Tech on her blog and on Medium. She was also a contributor to Thrive Global and other publications. Her dream is to travel around the world to taste and experience food from different cultures. She believes that growing up within two worlds has given her a unique perspective.

Stella is working on book 2 of the Toks Ade Mystery series.

She is also writing The Mews Hotel, book 1 of The London House Mystery series. The lead character is Elizabeth Ojo, the clever housekeeper of a luxury hotel in Knightsbridge, who gets embroiled in the troubles of her secretive wealthy guests. It is “The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Clients Meet Crazy Rich Asians“.

Stella loves to explore the world of The Mews Hotel in short stories and her 3rd story is The Troublesome Rich Girl, in the limited holiday anthology Festive Mayhem 3. Here is a summary;

“When Elizabeth agreed to look out for the rebellious teenager Tayo Adelaja and her cousin Angelica, she enlisted the help of the Mews hotel’s social media obsessed apprentice, Rosie O’Toole—only for the three to disappear!”

Another short story titled THE BLACK WIDOW OF OSHOGBO based on a work in progress PI series LARA’S INVESTIGATIVE BUREAU appears in MIDNIGHT HOUR – an anthology featuring twenty Crime Writers of Color and published by Crooked Lane. Stella describes Lara as lean, mean and ready to fight!

Stella is also a speaker who can be contacted by email or via the Contact me page.

Stella is a member of

Crime Writers Association(CWA), Crime Writers of Color (CWoC), Sisters In Crime (SINC), International Thriller Writers(ITW) and Black Writers Guild(BWG). She is an International Thriller Writer Award Judge.

4 thoughts on “About Stella

  1. Hi, Stella–
    It was good fun meeting you via the ITW event. Just too brief. I look forward to talking further.
    And to greater acquaintance with Elizabeth and The House and its denizens.
    When you’ve got a moment, shoot me an email via that address I provided, or via the contact form on my site: http://www.revizion.net.
    Jess

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