I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and spent many years doing less than ideal jobs in and around the Potteries five towns, before finally taking the plunge and quitting work to follow my creative side, after contracting asthma through dust and chemical inhalation. As a keen horse-racing fan, I started off in 2007 self-publishing racing how-to manuals.

Inspired by authors such as Peter James, Val McDermid, James Oswald, Kate Ellis, and Ian Rankin, and in need of a new challenge, I decided to try my hand at writing crime fiction.


After months of hard slog and sheer determination, I finished my first novel: The Killer Shadow Thieves. This is the first in a series of gritty crime fiction books set in Stoke on Trent, involving charismatic DI Tom Blake and his larger-than-life sidekick DS Jon Murphy.

The follow-up, A Place of Reckoning is OUT NOW and is available on Kindle and FREE on Kindle Unlimited ==> here <==  


The book is a cult serial killer thriller, with a 200-year-old secret at the heart of a plot full of unexpected twists, which push the relationships of a rich pottery family into life-threatening conflicts.


I write tense, gripping, crime fiction mysteries with a twist – or urban crossbreed, as I call it. My thrillers take you deep inside the criminal mind.


I live with my wife and family in Stoke-on-Trent, England. You can find out more about me and read reviews of my books here, or you can connect with me on social media from the links below...


Twitter at @burgess1012.

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100019097594198


Also, you can join the conversation about all things bookish on my Facebook page at J.F.Burgess