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Andy Griffee

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Andy Griffee is the author of the Johnson & Wilde crime mystery series which is set on the canals and waterways of the UK.  His main character, Jack Johnson, is a newly divorced and out of work journalist who buys a narrowboat to live on at the start of his first book, Canal Pushers. He meets an enigmatic stranger on the towpath called Nina Wilde and the two are soon embroiled in trouble and being hunted across the Midlands canal network by the media, an organised crime syndicate and a serial killer called the Canal Pusher. The plot was partly inspired by the real life news coverage of a Canal Pusher at large on Manchester’s canals and a widely reported theory that a spike in deaths by drowning was no accident. Book two, River Rats, takes the couple onto the River Avon at Bath where they tangle with Hells Angels, Russian property developers, a Serbian hit-man and corrupt council officials. Jack moves his boat onto the River Isis at Oxford for book 3, Oxford Blues where Nina’s niece is studying at the university. The body of the girlfriend of a friend of hers is found by magnet fishermen and events quickly spiral out of control as Jack and Nina’s relationship hits a turbulent patch. Book 4 is a novella called Devil’s Den and set on the Staffs and Worcs Canal where the intrepid couple go underground and tangle with the supernatural. The series is published by Orphans Publishing Ltd of Leominster. Andy began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle and then spent 25 years at the BBC as a reporter, news producer and senior manager. He lives in Worcestershire and when he isn’t writing or hiring narrowboats, he walks his Border terriers, rears chickens and rare breed pigs and struggles to keep a 1963 Triumph Spitfire on the road.

Books by Andy Griffee

  • River Rats (The Johnson and Wilde Crime Mysteries) River Rats (The Johnson and Wilde Crime Mysteries)
  • Canal Pushers (The Johnson and Wilde Crime Mysteries) Canal Pushers (The Johnson and Wilde Crime Mysteries)


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