J.J. Salkeld is the pen name of the author Richard Simpson. Prior to writing books, Simpson worked as a national newspaper journalist and was also a documentary film maker. He spent years covering the events of Cumbria, but in his turn to fiction he focused on crime and criminals.

Salkeld is the author of multiple series including the Natural Detective series, the Lakeland Murders series, and the Border City Blues series. As a writer, Salkeld identifies with a strong sense of place and fills his books with well-rounded characters and an over-arching storyline. This approach has led him to strong international success.

Publication Order of Lakeland Murders Books

The Two Towns(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Separated At Death(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death On High(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death On Account(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Riddled On the Sands(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pale Horse, Dark Horse(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hail and Farewell(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mortal Men(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Delayed & Denied(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Half Remembered Life(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Becomes Him(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inherit the Earth(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cumbrian County Lines(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Tom Atkins Books

Trouble in the Wind(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Border City Blues Books

Call & Response(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil's Interval(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blue Notes(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Amen Cadence(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Natural Detective Books

An Invasive Species(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Lamb's Tale(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wolf at the Gate(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Here Comes the Flood(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Burnt Offering(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Slip & the Catch(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sins of the Old Fellas(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Misper Mystery(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Away From a Manger(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Summer's Grass(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Shepherd's Summer(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Separated at Death is the first book in the Lakeland Murders series. The book starts when the teenage daughter of a wealthy family is found dead in the woods. DI Andy Hall is put on the case and this is only the third murder case of his career. He’s finding leads hard to come by and he’s hampered by his own personal life which is in crisis right now. At the same time, his Sergeant has his own case involved a local lad who is moving his way up the ladder of criminality. The connection between the two cases feels possible and Hall is in a rush to crack the case to comfort the victim’s family.

Border City Blues is one of Salkeld’s more popular series and the first book is called Call & Response. The book takes place in Carlisle which is on the border between England and Scotland. DS Samantha Wilson is given a “revenge porn” case involving memoirs of a minority ethnic group. At the same time, one of the young DCs at the department is assaulted close to the new police headquarters. Both cases are delicate and Wilson’s plate is full, just as a dangerous career criminal makes their return to Carlisle.

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