Simon Tolkien’s mystery novels about Inspector Trave of the Oxford Police are gripping and nuanced thrillers, laced with historical detail, treachery, and his signature writing style—a uniquely suspenseful blend that the Los Angeles Times called “half Christie and half Grisham.”
The novel The King of Diamonds is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title.
Simon Tolkien was a successful criminal law barrister in London, specializing in criminal justice, before moving to California with his wife and two children. His first novel, Final Witness, was published in 2002 to widespread acclaim and his second, The Inheritance, received equally positive reviews when it came out in 2009. He is the grandson of J.R.R.Tolkien.