Winster author publishes latest crime fiction novel in Peak District detective series

A Winster author has published the latest in his series of crime fiction set in the Peak District and it could make the perfect Christmas present for the amateur sleuth in your life.

By Ed Dingwall
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 3:41 pm

Colin Galtrey has written and published 36 books in the past five years, 22 of which feature the Derbyshire detective John Gammon.

His latest, Anagram Killer,provides a good entry point for anyone not yet acquainted with the policeman whose caseload makes Midsomer look comparatively peaceful.

Colin said: “I love meeting new people in real life and as I get to know someone, or visit a new place, I am constantly thinking how they can fit into my next storyline and as a result readers seem to warm to the characters more.

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The Miners Standard in Winster has plied Colin with inspiration.

He added: “With quite a high body count, I often have to break the news to friends and family they might be next.”

The storyline has enough twists and turns to keep anybody gripped.

For the local reader, there is also great fun in trying to identify some of the familiar places which feature throughout the book, all of which have had subtle name changes.

The small village of Swinster features heavily, and it does not take too much detective work to identify one of its local pubs, the Spinning Jenny, as Colin’s favourite haunt the Miners Standard.

Colin Galtrey's latest book in the John Gammon detective series.

There is even a local newspaper, the Micklock Mercury, keeping track of Gammon’s attempts to crack his latest case.

Colin has also written supernatural and romantic stories. Details of all his work can be found at

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