My first published novel (at the third attempt) was The Discovery of Chocolate a picaresque adventure story about a man who spends five hundred years perfecting the art of making decent chocolate. This was followed by The Colour of Heaven, a historical parable about lapis lazuli, Italian painting and the invention of spectacles.

I then wrote two British stories: Canvey Island, which tells the story of post war Britain by concentrating on one family caught up in the Canvey Island floods of 1953 and continues up until 1978; and then a contemporary story set in Scotland, East Fortune, about three brothers and the nature of family secrets.

In 2011, I had the idea to do a series of novels about a clerical detective, Sidney Chambers. These would also explore the nature of post war Britain but through the prism of crime. There are now six volumes of The Grantchester Mysteries; Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (2012), Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night (2013), Sidney Chambers and The Problem of Evil (2014), Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins (2015), Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation (2016), Sidney Chambers and The Persistence of Love (2017), The Road to Grantchester (2019).

The prequel is The Road to Grantchester.