For years I confined my writing impulse to the world of non-fiction: I wrote dozens of books and articles about anti-money laundering (the day job), and for a decade I contributed a weekly column to my local newspaper, the Cambridge Evening News. But then the urge to write stories – made-up stuff – became overwhelming…
My first full-length novel – which was published in July 2013 – is called “Fatal Forgery”, and follows the adventures of Constable Samuel Plank as he investigates financial crime in Regency London. Paper money has just been introduced, and to protect it the government has decreed that forgery of it will be a death penalty offence. But England is in financial crisis after the cripplingly expensive Napoleonic Wars. Banker Henry Fauntleroy is determined to keep his banking house afloat, despite the increasing demands on it by creditors. What he does to solve his problems sets him on a collision course with Sam – a seasoned police officer fascinated by the new opportunities for crime offered by London’s world-leading financial services sector. Will Sam find out what motivates Henry in time to save him from the scaffold?
While writing “Fatal Forgery” I made the mistake of falling in love with my hero, and this gave rise to a series of books, the Sam Plank Mysteries. I have just published the seventh and final book in the series. And now I am so fascinated by the late Regency period, and early policing, and developing characters through a series of books that I have embarked on another series – this time set in my home town of Cambridge, and narrated by a university constable called Gregory Hardiman.
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