© 2020 J.F.Burgess


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.

For now, this is my main business, but my real passion is for crime fiction, both reading and writing.


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 planned 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.