ABOUT ME

As one of my narrators comments: 'I have always been a writer'. I can't remember a time when I wasn't working on a book. 

 

I have now written fifteen - eight about crime writer and amateur detective, Ethelred Tressider and his sidekick Elsie Thirkettle), six about seventeenth century lawyer and spy, John Grey (and his sidekick Aminta), and a standalone novel, A Very Persistent Illusion. 

 

I have also published short stories in various anthologies and magazines, and contributed to the Detection Club's collaborative novel, The Sinking Admiral.

 

The books have won a few prizes over the years  The Herring in the Library and Crooked Herring both won the Goldsboro Last Laugh award (best comic crime novel of the year). The Herring series has also been shortlisted twice in the USA for an Edger Allan Poe award (best paperback original). Fire was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger. And my short story The Trials of Margaret won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2017.

 

I am a former Chair of the Crime Writers Association, a member of the Detection Club and am fortunate to be represented by David Headley at the DHH literary agency.

Contrary to what it says in my Wikipedia entry, I am not aged 119, but sometimes feel it.

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