Crime fiction is in my blood. From Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five to Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew, I was reading the genre at an early age. In my teens it was Agatha Christie followed by Ruth Rendell and PD James. Later influences include Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, Minette Walters. Then I discovered Scandinavian crime writers.
I’m the author of two crime novels In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw which are set in the Derbyshire Peak District where I live. A Patient Fury is coming in September.
I post my book reviews here on Crimepieces and have also reviewed at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Crime Time, crimesquad.com and Eurocrime. Articles and short stories have appeared in the Sunday Express magazine, Metro, Big Issue, Traveller and other publications. I’m one of the judges for The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel and I particularly love reading translated crime fiction.
In addition to writing and reviewing I also teach crime fiction workshops, moderate book events and give talks on Nordic Noir, Golden Age Crime and other aspects of the crime novels. I can be contacted about any of these areas via my contact page.
I’m represented by Kirsty McLachlan at DGA.