Hi, I'm Robert Crouch, author of the Downland murder mystery series.

Robert Crouch with his Westie, Harvey

I’ve always loved puzzles and mysteries. I have a curious mind that wants to know everything and anything.  Books have often supplied the answers – and more questions.

The urge to write murder mysteries took a long time to evolve. Read more…

Life, in the form of mortgages, marriage and the work to pay for them took precedence. If you’d told me I would use my experience as an environmental health officer (EHO) to create a sleuth who would solve complex murders, I would have laughed.

My love of Inspector Morse and Miss Marple had me longing to write my own murder mystery novels.

Sue Grafton, who wrote the Alphabet Series, featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone, showed me the way. I loved Kinsey’s no nonsense approach, her wry and witty social commentary and her feisty determination.

Most of all I loved the way she narrated her investigations.

It took me a while to develop my EHO sleuth. Selecting a name proved difficult enough, but eventually Kent Fisher was born and set into action in a couple of novels. They had potential, but made no real impression on agents and publishers.

My blog, Fisher’s Fables, where Kent Fisher delivered humorous episodes about my adventures as an environmental health manager, paved the way for murder. Read more…

The style, narration and humour in the blog revealed my true writer’s voice. I returned to the novels with renewed enthusiasm and excitement.

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No Accident, the first of the Kent Fisher murder mysteries, was released by a US publisher in June 2016, marking the end of a long journey and the start of a new one.

The series now has eight novels, which have a strong, character, driven backstory running through them. The ninth, No Easy Answers, is due out in spring 2023.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or want to know anything about my murder mysteries.

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