The Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Crime fiction in Peterborou­gh

- By Kelly Barnett

A Peterborou­gh man landed a four-part crime book deal after taking redundancy from his 20-year IT career.

Tony J Forder, of the Ortons, saw redundancy as the chance he needed to make a bold career change.

In November last year he committed to writing, before winning a deal with Bloodhound books in February. A two-book deal expanded to four, and the 59-year-old found himself attending book signings, such as ‘The Darker Side of Fiction’ on Saturday, October 7, and at Waterstone­s, Peterborou­gh on Thursday, October 12.

The first in his series, ‘Bad to the Bone’, is set in the Peterborou­gh area. The story follows the discovery of a skeletal body in woods near Bretton and the resulting investigat­ion.

Local landmarks like the cathedral and brick pits get a mention in the thriller.

In preparatio­n for his first book, Tony drew inspiratio­n from local politics and the physical landscape. He said: “I had one scene in my head that refused to budge, so I jumped into my car with a pad and pen and drove to the weir at Orton Mere, about five minutes from my home. There I breathed in the atmosphere and made pages of notes.”

Originally from London, Tony made Peterborou­gh his home more than 30 years ago, and his protagonis­t similarly warms to the area.

His second book, ‘Degrees of Darkness’, was published on Tuesday, September 19. The third novel is scheduled for release in November, a fast-paced action thriller called ‘Scream Blue Murder’.

In the first half of 2018, Tony will release his Peterborou­gh-based follow-up ‘The Scent of Guilt.’

In anticipati­on of his recent book signing, Tony expressed thanks to the Bridge Street Waterstone’s for their support of local authors.

He said: “The manager, Jacqui, and staff there are extremely knowledgea­ble, and always happy to have a chat. They are an impressive team.”

Tony still consults for the Greater Peterborou­gh University Technology College (GPUTC) to keep his IT skills sharp, but as positive reviews pour in, the future looks good for Tony J Forder and his Peterborou­gh crime fiction.

What’s more, with the confirmati­on of ‘The Darker Side of Fiction’ returning to the city in 2018 and 2019, the future looks bright for local talent.

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