After more than twenty-five years as a successful freelance journalist, contributing to The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times and many magazines, I have now left journalism to be able to spend more time on book-writing.
My third crime novel, Too Hot for Comfort, is being published in October 2020 (Gritstone Publishing) and will complete what I am calling the Cumbrian Fells trilogy. All three books are set in the Lake District and have a strong outdoors feel. All three also share the same lead character Nick Potterton, a once-successful Sunday Times investigative journalist who has moved to the Lakes following a relationship breakdown and is now a struggling freelance.
In The Bad Step Nick finds himself investigating the unexplained death of a highly talented young athlete during a fell race. In the sequel, In the Cold of the Night, he becomes enmeshed in the story of a leading Lancashire businessman who goes missing during a Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon) charity walk. Too Hot for Comfort opens with the firebombing of the campervan occupied by Joan Arkle, an activist who is tireless in campaigning against global warming – and who manages in the process to make many enemies. Nick Potterton and newly promoted DI Chrissy Chambers each separately try to piece together what has happened.
I am also the author of a number of non-fiction books on the outdoors, the countryside and the English landscape, including Back Roads through Middle England, awarded Outdoor Book of the Year for 2018.