My latest Detective Sophie Allen novel, Ruthless Crimes, will be published by Joffe Books on Wednesday 9th September 2020. It will be the ninth novel in the series, but not the last.

It can be pre-ordered from my Amazon page by clicking on the box set image top right or clicking here: Click for pre-order.

To buy my 2019 book, Silent Crimes: Click here.

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Welcome to my website. You'll find information about me, my books, some of my interests and planned forthcoming events.


I try to write crime/mystery novels that are not run of the mill. I want my readers to feel part of the world that I create in my books, to relate to my characters and to be catalyzed into feeling an emotional response to the events that happen in my stories.

I notice that a small proportion of my Amazon reviews express mild disappointment at the lack of violent action in my novels. I make no apology for my style of writing; I try to create an emotional response in my readers, not just shallow entertainment, so please don't expect just an endless sequence of action, car-chases, fistfights, gunfights and similar unrealistic scenes. Instead expect a storyline that may start with an apparently simple death, but which will start to grow more complex as the police team begin to make progress in their investigations. You'll find that my novels are not simple whodunnits.

I dislike the portayal of women as victims. You'll find as many male as female victims in my novels, although this is not the case in the first novel, Dark Crimes. This is because I happened to speak to a victim of domestic abuse, and her experiences helped to shape that novel.

You'll meet my main character, DCI Sophie Allen. Sophie may appear at first to be over-intellectual and too clever by half. This is the persona created in the first novel 'Dark Crimes', but is far from the truth. The reasons for this 'ice-queen' facade lie deep in her own past, in events that she has half-forgotten herself. These events are hinted at in the first novel but surface with shattering effect in the second story, 'Deadly Crimes'. She has personal problems that are alluded to in some of the later novels.

You will find more about the novels on the NOVELS page, and more about me on the ABOUT page.

I've started to write some very short stories that flesh-out some of my main characters. Some have been written at the invitation of organisations and charities (One Hundred, about Rae, is an example). Others have been triggered by unusual events that I have witnessed. Please look on the SHORT STORIES page.

Please visit the CONTACT page if you wish to send me a message about the books or about crime-writing in general.

The website for my publisher, Joffe Books,   Joffe Books publish a range of great novels so please have a look.

 My recent events have included an interview for Dorset Life magazine, an interview on Purbeck Coast Radio, and an author talk in Swanage Library.


Page updated: March 2020