Sub-genre: Cosy crime
Martin has been writing for over twenty years and writes both fiction and non-fiction but a common theme which runs through all of his books is Cumbria in general and his home city of Carlisle in particular.
Like most crime writers his favourite literary characters are Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson. And like many others, he couldn’t resist writing a pastiche involving our two heroes. The story was set in Carlisle (of course!), where a former army colleague of Watson appeals to his old friend for help in recovering the local regiment’s prize trophy – the Arroyo Drums.
In the story Martin introduced my own Detective Inspector, Cornelius Armstrong. It is a bit of a cliché to have Holmes make a buffoon of the local policeman and he didn’t want to do that with Armstrong as he wanted to subsequently give him his own adventures. Armstrong took his own bow first in 2011 therefore and has subsequently been followed by other volumes of his Casebook.
The Inspector Armstrong series is published by MX Publishing.