Author of the DC Harriet Taylor Novels

DC Harriet Taylor

Detective Constable Harriet Taylor is a Scot working in the peaceful town of Trotterdown in Cornwall. A scandal in her home town of Edinburgh brought her to the south-west of England.

Harriet fits in well in the Cornish countryside and is well respected. Her past still haunts her, however and the only way to erase the memories is through sleeping pills. This addiction causes one or two problems in both her work and personal life.

DC Taylor

The Backpacker


She ran. She ran like her life depended on it. It probably did.

She could hear his breathing behind her – steady breaths that sounded in time with his footsteps. He was getting closer, and she pushed herself some more. She could see the smoke coming out of the chimney in the old farmhouse far in the distance. The smoke was going straight up – there wasn’t a breath of wind in the air. She thought she could feel his breath on her neck. The farmhouse didn’t seem to be getting any closer.

I’m not going to make it. This is what it feels like to know you’re about to die.

He was getting closer, and the farmhouse was too far away. The fields were empty. She felt a hand on her back, he screamed something in a language she didn’t understand and then she was free. She carried on running. The footsteps behind her were gone. She glanced back as she ran. He’d tripped and fallen and was picking himself up off the ground.

She reached the farmhouse and banged on the door. As she waited for it to open she scanned the field. Her pursuer was gone.

Read the preview of the new DC Taylor novel – The Backpacker.

DC Taylor

The Beekeeper

A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. She lives with her pet jackdaw in a beautiful cottage not far from the sea. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. And then Alice’s best friend Milly disappears . . . 

Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the criminals to justice. But who is really what they seem and who can she trust?

DC Taylor

The Perfect Murder


Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.

Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.

Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group who, conveniently enough, have been set the task of writing stories on the theme of “the perfect murder”?

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Fast paced, gripping thriller

“Detective Harriet Taylor is not very impressed when she is sent to investigate the mutilation of two cats in the same town.  Surely that is a case for the R.S.P.C.A not the police.  But then things take a sinister turn when one of the cat owners is found dead on the same day.”

“The woman had four words written on her neck.  When another body is discovered to also have four words written on it,  Harriet begins to wonder if the small Cornish town of Totterdown might have its very first serial killer.”

“Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group,who conveniently enough have recently been tasked with writing stories on the theme of The Perfect Murder?”

“The characters in this gripping mystery are a mixed bunch of realistic personalities.  I loved old Bert Applewhite,  it was such a shame that he only appeared once in the story.  I liked the relashionship between Harriet and her boss Jack Jillian,  I liked the banter between the police team members,  they had their disagreements over the case but they worked well together.  You also learned some background information about some of their private lives but not so much that it came across as padding.  I thought I had worked out who the killer was but I was wrong,  I do love it when that happens.The reason behind the killings was very cunning but also quite sad,  the ending of the story was unexpected.”

Mrs. N. Richards, 22/11/2017


Author of the DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor series of novels.