‘Robert Crouch is fast becoming a favourite author.’
Sonya Alford, A Lover of Books
I write the kind of books I like to read – entertaining murder mysteries with complex plots, engaging characters and humour.
Books by authors like Agatha Christie, Peter James, Sue Grafton and Dick Francis, who in their own ways have inspired me to write crime fiction.
I also like something a little different from the usual police procedural or world weary private eye story. That’s why I chose an environmental health officer as my detective.
No one had written about an environmental health officer solving murders.
It took a few years for the idea and character to develop. It took few more to write a credible crime novel that would entertain and intrigue the whole family. But when No Accident was first published, the response from readers showed there was room in the market for something a little different.
It also gave me the chance to have a lead character who was a passionate environmentalist and animal lover.
Since hanging up my white coat and probe thermometer, I’ve become a full-time writer, living on the East Sussex coast of England. You can often find me with my West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who shares my love of the rolling hills and picturesque villages of the South Downs, which provide the setting for the Kent Fisher mysteries.