Dorothy Simpson is an English mystery writer and the creator of the popular Inspector Thanet series of books. She’s a former winner of the Silver Dagger Award in her 20+ year career as an author.

Dorothy was born in South Wales and went on to attend university at Bristol University. After graduation, she moved to Kent where she worked as a French teacher. Towards the end of that career she would meet her husband and marry in 1961. She would then spend a long time working as a marriage counselor until her writing career took off. Her first work, a standalone novel, was published in 1977. She had trouble getting published after that and decided to focus on creating a memorable character. That character was Insepctor Thanet and the rest, as they say, is history.

Publication Order of Inspector Thanet Books

The Night She Died(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Six Feet Under(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Puppet for a Corpse(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Close Her Eyes(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last Seen Alive(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead On Arrival(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Element of Doubt(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Suspicious Death(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead By Morning(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Doomed to Die(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wake the Dead(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Laughing Matter(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Day for Dying(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Once Too Often(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead and Gone(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Harbingers of Fear(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


If You Like Dorothy Simpson Books, You’ll Love…

The Night She Died is the first Inspector Thanet book. This book introduces to the Luke Thanet, a whip-smart detective with a soft heart. He doesn’t like to jump to conclusions in his work so when he is given a case of a murdered woman wearing her overcoat and her purse missing, he doesn’t think the obvious. There is far more to the story than the missing purse and a lot to unravel in the first entry in this series.

One of the most beloved books in the series is Dead on Arrival. In this one, Thanet is given the case of a man found dead in his bed. The man had quite the reputation and the list of suspects is long as he was not a very popular man. This book is beloved by Thanet fans as it gives a peak into his home life as well as his relationship with his sargeant.

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