I grew up in Wiltshire, England and was educated at several schools which mysteriously closed shortly after I left them. I then went on to Cambridge University from which I graduated with a BA in Law. Cambridge still withstands my poisoned touch. After university I qualified and practised as a solicitor.
In the past few years, I have concentrated on my writing, which is strongly influenced by my interest in history and art. My first novel, Becoming Lola, is a biographical one based on the extraordinary story of Lola Montez, the Victorian adventuress who was in her day the second most famous woman in the world after Queen Victoria. Three more historical novels and a collection of short stories followed before I turned to crime with a murder mystery series set in Ceylon in the 1930s and featuring Inspector Shanti de Silva.
I'm married to another lawyer and we have two grown-up daughters. I'm a keen traveller and an enthusiastic gardener.
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