Scott Hunter was born in Romford, Essex in 1956. His writing career was kick-started after he won first prize in the Sunday Express Short Story Competition. He divides his time between writing, IT contract work and drumming. He has recorded with internationally renowned rock band ‘Jethro Tull’ and appeared in concert with 70’s popsters ‘Mungo Jerry’.

He is currently working on a new crime series based in and around nineteen-sixties London. The first book in the new series, The Fragile Cage, will be published in August/September 2022. The ninth novel in the popular DCI Brendan Moran crime series, Closer to the Dead, was published in January 2022. Number ten in the series is scheduled for January 2023.

Scott lives in Berkshire with his wife, Katherine, his two youngest children, and Archie, a hyperactive cocker spaniel. He is a committed Christian (Scott, not Archie) and is actively involved in his local church in Reading.

Scott was long listed for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Novel Competition for ‘The Ley Lines of Lushbury’ and won the Sunday Express Short Story Competition a few years back for his historical entry set in the English Civil War (you can view the Newspaper). ‘The Trespass‘ is an Amazon top 20 Bestseller, reaching number 14 in the overall Amazon chart in 2012. Scott was shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Margery Allingham short mystery competition in 2016 and has recently been announced as the winner of the 2022 CWA Margery Allingham short mystery competition. You can read his winning entry on the CWA Website here or, if you prefer, download your own pdf copy here.

Scott has written about his parallel life as a drummer in his autobiography (or maybe collection of musical anecdotes is more accurate), Rattle and Drum. Copies available on request.

You can follow Scott on Twitter and visit his author page on Facebook.