For those of you who don't know me, I thought I'd start off with a brief introduction.
I joined the Metropolitan Police Service in the mid-eighties and retired in 2015. My career included two stints on homicide, and during that time I was fortunate enough to work with some amazingly gifted detectives on a number of very challenging, high profile cases.
I live in Essex with my wife, Clare. We have two grown up children and one grandchild. Between us, the family has three English Bull Terriers and a very bossy Dachshund called Weenie!
I'm a lifelong Arsenal fan - well, I never said I was perfect - and an avid skier. I also enjoy reading, going to the theatre, lifting weights, and the noble art of boxing, a sport I got into during my misbegotten youth!
The first book in the DCI Tyler Thriller series was published in December 2018, with the second and third instalments following in March and October 2020. Book four came out in 2021 and book five, Diamonds and Death, was released in August 2022. I've thoroughly enjoyed writing these stories and developing the characters they feature, and have been overwhelmed by the warm reception and glowing reviews my wonderful readers have given them!
Believe it or not, I first started writing the DCI Tyler books in 1999, which is when the first story is set. However, as you can imaging, having to constantly work extended shifts isn't terribly conducive to helping one's creative juices flow, and I eventually decided to postpone the novel until I retired.
When people ask me why I started writing I usually tell them - tongue in cheek - that I got the idea from all the defence barristers who used to accuse me of making up stories when I was giving evidence!