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Simon Beckett is an English journalist and award-winning author of mystery, thriller and crime novels.

Born in Sheffield, England, he holds a Master of Arts degree in English.

His books have been translated into over twenty-nine languages, selling millions of copies across the globe.

Although Simon was always passionate about writing, it wasn’t until he went to teach in Spain that he started considering being a writer.

Considering that he worked in the evenings, he used to write during the daytime, eventually getting published six years later.

Simon is married and currently lives with his family in Yorkshire, England.

More about Simon Beckett

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1960

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • Fine Lines (1994)
  • Animals (1995)
  • Where There's Smoke (1997)
  • Owning Jacob (1998)
  • Stone Bruises (2013)

Jonah Colley

  1. The Lost (2021)

David Hunter Books

  1. The Chemistry of Death (2006)
  2. Written in Bone (2007)
  3. Whispers of the Dead (2010)
  4. The Calling of the Grave (2010)
  5. The Restless Dead (2016)
  6. The Scent of Death (2013)
Jonah Colley

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Fine Lines

Affluent refined art dealer Donald Ramsey owns a thriving London gallery.

However, his only problem is that he doesn’t fancy the usual sex.

Nothing however prepares him for the unexpected attraction that he suddenly feels for his young assistant, Anna.

Consumed by the thoughts of Anna, his obsessions takes on a whole new meaning after he inadvertently sees her naked.

Despite being consumed by the voyeurism, Donald just can’t have enough.

Devising a series of cunning plans, Donald intends on separating Anna from her American lover by making her sleep with a masculine and seductive model that he has hired—all the while as he watches.

Things however don’t always go as planned.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 1994
ISBN: 978-0749001247
Publisher: Allison & Busby

Nigel may not be the smartest of people, but that doesn’t stop him from being happy.

At work, he has the photocopying, on top of Cheryl and Karen.

Plus he also enjoys living in the tavern that his parents used to manage, although it’s not really one in the conventional sense given that it doesn’t have any beer and all that.

Besides, Nigel isn’t a fan of drinking anyway. He would rather watch TV and enjoy his comics—and the cellar.

Nigel is perfectly fine. He would never hurt anyone, unlike some people.

Some people are animals. They wouldn’t care less.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-0749002923
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Where There's Smoke

How would you feel if you had no idea who the father of your child is?

How would you feel if you were completely oblivious of his name, what he looks like, or whether he is a good or bad person?

In as much as Kate Powell hopelessly wants to have a baby, this is something that she simply can’t live with.

A single, self-supporting woman, she loves being in the driving seat, even if her life has somehow transformed into something purposeless and superficial.

Things are however not always what they seem.

Her life is about to spin out of control.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-0857502766
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Owning Jacob

Ben is left shattered after the unexpected demise of his wife.

The only thing keeping him together is Jacob, his six-year-old stepson, despite the struggles that accompany raising a child with autism.

One day, while going through his late wife’s cupboards, Ben finds a secret box containing proof that Jacob wasn’t her child.

As it turns out, she ran off with him from a maternity ward.

As Ben begins the search for the child’s biological family, he discovers that his mother isn’t alive and his father is mentally handicapped.

Now Ben must decide Jacob’s future, for he is too young to do it on his own.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0340685952
Publisher: Coronet Books
Stone Bruises

Sean hastily leaves London for the French countryside in an effort to run away from his past, only to be terribly wounded while attempting to get a free ride.

Upon gaining consciousness, he finds himself in a peaceful but isolated farm.

Not knowing whether he is a patient or captive, he gracefully accepts the care being given to him by sisters Mathilde and Gretchen.

Their temperamental and overprotective father however doesn’t seem to like him.

Although the farm seems like the most ideal hiding place, it’s also the most ideal place to die.

After all, nobody will ever know that he was there…

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0857502582
Publisher: Bantam

Jonah Colley

The Lost

A London detective makes a gruesome discovery that could solve the riddle of his son's disappearance.

Det. Sgt. Jonah Colley of the Metropolitan firearms unit has been wracked with guilt for the past ten years, ever since his son went missing under his care. The tragedy broke up his marriage and left him estranged from his best friend, Det. Sgt. Gavin McKinney. But now Gavin calls him out of the blue. Desperate for help, he needs Jonah to meet him at Slaughter Quay.

Jonah arrives to a horrifying crime scene where Gavin was brutally attacked and left for dead. As the only survivor, he is also a person of interest. But even while under suspicion himself, Jonah is determined to find out what happened. Uncovering a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew, he's forced to question what really happened all those years ago.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1504078047
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller

David Hunter Books

The Chemistry of Death

When the brutally murdered remains of a youthful woman are found not far from the small remote Norfolk village of Manham, Dr David Hunter is left terribly distressed.

But it’s not just because he knew the victim, but rather because the crime brings back memories of a personal loss that he would rather not remember.

Now plying his trade in the countryside, Hunter is quite hesitant when he is requested to help unmask the murderer.

When another woman however mysteriously vanishes in an act that spreads terror and suspicion all over Manham, Hunter knows that he’ll have to be at his best in order to catch a deranged killer.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0593055229
Publisher: Bantam
Written in Bone

While conducting a case about a serial killer on the loose in Scotland, forensic anthropologist David Hunter is requested to look into a mysterious death in the isolated Hebridean island of Runa.

Given the terrible blizzard, travelling there just worsens his already unsettled relationship with girlfriend, Jenny.

Upon arriving on the island, Hunter is shocked to find a human body burnt to the bone.

How could it have been an accident when nothing else in the house was ravaged by the fire?

Despite the disinterest in the case by the local authorities, Hunter launches a truth-finding mission.

Runa however has sinister secrets which are about to unfold.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0553817508
Publisher: Bantam
Whispers of the Dead

Still recovering from an attack that nearly ended his life, Dr David Hunter returns to the distinguished facility in Tennessee where he first began his training, hoping that it will help repair his broken confidence.

After accepting his old mentor’s request to help look into a case, Hunter is shocked to find a viciously murdered victim whose remains have decomposed far beyond what is expected.

Although fingerprints identify the aggressor, Hunter has his reservations.

When another body is discovered, the team finds itself battling against a ruthless and deranged killer whose knowledge of forensics is quite staggering.

As the body count increases, so does the determination to find the killer.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0553817515
Publisher: Bantam
The Calling of the Grave

Nearly a decade ago, forensic anthropologist David Hunter was part of a team that was looking for the Dartmoor graves of vanished teenage girls who fell victim to the actions of Jerome Monk—a ruthless rapist and killer.

Blissfully married back then and with a small lovely daughter, life was perfect for Hunter—until the day that everything fell apart.

Still troubled by loss and grief, the forensic anthropologist has no other option but to return to Dartmoor.

Monk has however broken out of prison, and is targeting individuals who were part of the search.

Will Hunter manage to end the violence once and for all?

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0553820652
Publisher: Bantam
The Restless Dead

Life is everything but perfect for forensic anthropologist David Hunter.

His personal life is in chaos while his career remains uncertain.

So when he receives a call from Essex police to help solve the mystery behind a puzzling death, it comes as a much needed reprieve and distraction.

The terribly decayed remains of a victim have been discovered in the mudflats and salt marshes of the Backwaters.

Could there be a possible connection between the death and two cold cases involving people who had mysteriously vanished?

When more dead bodies are found, Hunter is given a stern reminded that those alive should be feared more than the dead.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0857503824
Publisher: Bantam
The Scent of Death

Dr David Hunter’s summer is turning out great. On top of having a budding relationship, his services as a police consultant are being continually requested.

Called upon by a former colleague to help solve a murder case, Hunter is shocked to find the mummified remains of a youthful, pregnant woman at St Jude’s Hospital—unable to tell how long it has been kept there.

But that’s just the beginning of shocking discoveries at the hospital.

What should have been a simple investigation has now transformed into a complex and sinister case.

As more surprises unfold, Hunter is certain that St Jude’s has more victims to claim.

Author: Simon Beckett
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0553824124
Publisher: Bantam