‘Kent is an incredibly likeable character with a delicious sense of, sometimes quite dark, humour and he makes a fabulous main character. It’s a breath of fresh air to solve a mystery alongside a character that isn’t your typical chain-smoking and utterly flawed detective.’
Eva, Novel Deelights.
Kent Fisher is an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. He also runs an animal sanctuary at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex.
When he rescues a badly treated West Highland White Terrier, Kent can’t bear to rehome him. Naming him Columbo after his favourite TV detective, Kent has a new friend and assistant.
When he investigates a fatal work accident at Tombstone Adventure Park he discovers a murder.
But that’s only the start of his problems.
Environmental health officers make good detectives
As an environmental health officer (EHO) with 40 years experience, I often thought we had the skills, connections and tenacity to solve murders.
We’re law enforcement officers with powers of entry similar, and in some cases better than the police. We carry out complex investigations, ensure compliance with legal standards, and prosecute serious offenders.
We work with the police, fire and rescue services, and national bodies, including the Environment Agency, Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and the Food Standards Agency. We also forge great relations with local businesses and organisations to improve standards in our local authority districts.
Most people don’t really know who we are or what we do.
Most people think EHOs check hygiene standards in restaurant kitchens.
We also cover workplace health and safety, including accident investigation, pollution control, substandard housing, liquor and taxi licensing, and infectious disease control, which can cover anything from food poisoning to tattooing.
A fatal work accident involving machinery is at the heart of the first Kent Fisher mystery, No Accident..
In No Bodies, infectious disease control comes to the fore when a young girl is taken to hospital with kidney failure.
We’re at the heart of local communities, protecting people and the environment, improving conditions and working with others to improve the quality of life.
Environmental health offers endless opportunities and settings for crime stories, allowing glimpses into worlds most people have never seen.
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If you’d like to know more about the work of EHOs, you can find out more at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website.