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Skinner P J

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I have been writing in various genres and under various pen names for nearly ten years. In 2020, I moved to a small town on the south coast of England where I spent lockdown during the Covid pandemic. During that time, I published a sci-fi mystery, Mortal Mission under the name of Pip Skinner and realised I had a great idea for a series of Cozy/Cosy Mysteries set at the English seaside. I have always been a massive fan of crime and mystery and I guess it was inevitable I would turn my hand to a mystery series eventually. I planned the Seacastle Mysteries with half an eye on the classic mysteries of Agatha Christie, so they are classic whodunnits, but I have set up modern scenarios and twists.
Before I wrote novels, I spent 30 years working as an exploration geologist, managing remote sites and doing due diligence on projects in over thirty countries. During this time, I worked in many countries in South America and Africa in remote, strange, and often dangerous places where I collected the tall tales and real-life experiences. These inspired the Sam Harris Adventure Series, chronicling the adventures of a female geologist as a pioneer in a hitherto exclusively male world.

The Seacastle Mysteries, English small town cozy mysteries set in a seaside town
The complete Sam Harris Adventure series of seven books covers the career of a female geologist, from rookie adventures in remote sites in Africa and South America, to forays into the concrete jungle.
PJ also writes under the pen names Kate Foley and Pip Skinner. The Green Family Saga (Kate Foley) starts with Rebel Green, set in Ireland at the beginning of the Troubles in the North. Mortal Mission (Pip Skinner) is a science-based murder mystery, think The Martian with fewer potatoes and more bodies.

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Books by Skinner P J

  • Eternal Forest Eternal Forest


  • Fatal Tribute Fatal Tribute


  • Toxic Vows Toxic Vows


  • Deadly Return Deadly Return


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