I grew up in Wimbledon, London. Tennis country. I didn’t have the enthusiasm, or the lung capacity, for sports, preferring more introverted pursuits such as reading, writing and Super Nintendo. Had the ‘ball boy’ tryouts referred to the shape of my silhouette, I’d have been on centre court, but all the running involved only encouraged me to sit at home and watch with a bowl of seasonal strawberry ice cream.

My early reviews weren’t positive. Miss Molyneaux, my middle school English teacher, regularly awarded E’s and F’s for my creative pieces. In high school, Mr Potter continued the trend, but one day added the most encouraging thing a young writer could ever read:

‘You’ve copied this. I don’t know where from, and I’m not going to ask, but you’ve copied this.’

This misplaced accusation of plagiarism was the greatest compliment I’d had. Someone thought my work was so good, it couldn’t possibly have come from the grey matter between my ears.

I left Wimbledon to study Criminology and Psychological Studies at Southampton, graduating in 2003. On the discovery of beer, women and freedom (and how the first two really eat into the third), the writing went by the wayside.

In 2005, I became a Police Officer and in 2008, a Detective. In later years, I led my own team and became a Detective Tutor.

As I’m sure you appreciate, writing with any full-time hectic job is a very difficult task and, although I wasn’t able to produce a novel, I had three short stories published during this time.

Heartbreaking as it was, in 2014, I quit policing and am now teaching in Seoul, South Korea. I was working far too many hours to be able to write productively, so had to decide between two loves. I’ve got more time to write now and have just released my first crime fiction novel, A Journal of Sin. You can find any good bookstore; as long at its Amazon.

39 comments on “About
  1. Sherylee says:

    Loved your book journal of sin, can’t wait to see what you write next.

  2. Keith says:

    I enjoyed reading A Journal of Sin. Nice to read a thriller with a different angle on the location. I also look forward to your next novel.

  3. Judie Smith says:

    I am waiting on your book, I am a prolific reader of any and all books and once I find an author I like I read every thing he writes. I hope yours will be one I want to follow.

    • Darryl says:

      Thanks for taking an interest in my work. I saw you signed up on my Facebook page. Did you receive the books okay? Let me know if not, and I’ll take care of it for you.

  4. Annette Mastop says:

    What a great story Journal of Sin was to read am looking forward to reading your next novel

  5. Monica Foley Fleegel says:

    I just finished Journal of Sin and had to search right away for another in the series. I purchased Deaths Privilege and now received the free download for Broken Chains. I loved Journal of Sin and in fact was reading an Elizabeth George novel and stopped reading that to finish your book! Keep the books coming!!

    • Darryl says:

      Wow, that’s a fantastic compliment! Thank you very much! It’s especially nice to hear as Death’s Privilege has just launched, so I’m a bag of nerves at the moment! 🙂

  6. Phillip D Ford says:

    I started reading “Journal of Sin” have not put it down since. Very enthralling and captivating from page 1. Sandra Brown, Janet Evonavitich have nothing on you. You have a new fan in the USA, I’m spreading the word through Facebook to my reading friends about you. Keep writing I’ll keep reading!

    • Darryl says:

      Thanks, Phillip. I really appreciate you sharing my books! It’s a tough market to break into, and spreading the word genuinely makes a huge difference. Thanks for your support!

  7. William says:

    Just finished Journal Of Sin – what a splendid read. Thoroughly enjoyable and atmospheric especially with news of all the flooding in the UK. Looking forward to more of your work.

  8. Cathy Hannah says:

    Loved your book, Journal of Sin. I’m an American but was lucky enough to live in the Midlands, Selston , Notts, for a short while in 1990. I loved the area, the people and enjoyed “visiting” there again by reading your book. Plan to start reading your new bok thus weekend–read a synopsis of same and m eager to follow Sarah and Dales’ newest adventures! Most of all, I am happy to add a new author and series to my reading 😉

  9. Carol says:

    I haven’t finished Journal of Sin yet but I like your writing style so much, I had to go to your website to look for more of your work. Just wanted you to know.

    • Darryl says:

      Thanks for visiting, Carol, and thanks for your compliment! Your message has been a nice reminder to update my website, as there’s no mention of the sequel!
      Until then, you can get a copy of my second book here – Death’s Privilege or browse some of my short stories on the site by hovering your mouse over ‘Published Stories.’

  10. Sam says:

    I have just seen that you have released a sequel!! I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to see you continuing. Look forward to reading this week 🙂

    • Darryl says:

      Thanks, Sam. That reminds me to update my website with details of the sequel. It’s been out for over a month and there’s no mention of it! Oops!

      If you want to know about new releases first, you can sign up to my readers group by clicking here. I’ll even send you a free Sarah Gladstone short story, set before Journal of Sin.

  11. Deirdre says:

    I loved Journal of Sin! Snappy writing style that is clear, concise, and allows one to imagine. I am looking forward to reading your next book!

    • Darryl says:

      Thank you very much! The sequel is called Death’s Privilege, and is available from all good ebook retailers. 🙂 (And, yes, I need to update this website with those details!)

  12. Becky says:

    I loved Journal of Sin even more because of its setting! Keep writing!

  13. Sarah says:

    Loved journal of sin and just finished deaths privilege today. Where can I get broken chains… I was excited to read another chapter of your first 2 books whenever I had the chance and don’t have anything now :(. Great writer 🙂

  14. Hello Darryl, I too just finished your book and loved it. I’m retired from the Sheriffs Office in Toledo, Ohio and enjoy reading crime stories.
    Nothing like a good old serial killer to spend time with! Keep up the good work, you have a new fan…
    I’m a University of Michigan fan, and mum was a war bride from Australia!… And follow the Rabittohs rugby team in Sydney.
    Take care,

    • Darryl says:

      Hi Dawn, It’s always nice to hear from a fellow law enforcement officer! Thanks very much for the compliments, and I’m glad to have you as a new fan!

  15. Antoinette Baumann says:

    Hi Darryl

    All the way here from beautiful South Africa, just wanted to say job well done, enjoyed A Journal of Sin thoroughly! Didn’t want to put down my e reader. Going to read Broken Chains tonight still.

  16. Maz says:

    Hi Darryl,
    I have just finished reading A Journal of Sin and have enjoyed every moment of it. Have to get online now and buy the next adventure.
    Thank you

    • Darryl says:

      Hi Maz! Thanks very much for your comment, and your compliments! My website doesn’t notify of comments (something I must fix!), so sorry for the late reply!

  17. Roger says:

    Just finished reading A Journal of Sin. Cracking read, a real page-turner. Thank you!

  18. Charlie Navarro says:

    Wow!just finished reading Journal of Sin and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it ,I loved the bits were the killer was talking and the last 2\3 chapters were “YES,go girl”,please keep up the hood work

    • Darryl says:

      Thanks so much, Charlie. It’s really encouraging to receive comments like this and I appreciate you taking the time to leave one. All the best.

  19. Timothy Stevens says:

    Journal of Sin was a superb police procedural. Your sense of place and skillfully drawn characters made for a fun and suspenseful read can’t wait for your next!

  20. Siofra says:

    Really enjoyed reading a Journal of Sin. Looking forward to reading the second in the series. Siofra in Dublin

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