The Crime Writers' Association

Andy Griffee

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Andy Griffee is the author of Canal Pushers and River Rats, the first two novels in the series of Johnson and Wilde crime mysteries which are set on the canals and waterways of the UK.  He is currently working on the third book in the series, Oxford Blues. Andy is a former BBC journalist and media consultant who wrote Canal Pushers in May 2019 at the age of 57.  The book’s hero is Jack Johnson, a newly divorced and out of work journalist who buys a narrowboat to live on. He meets an enigmatic stranger on the towpath called Nina and the two are soon embroiled in trouble and being hunted across the Midlands canal network by the media, an organised crime syndicate and a serial killer called the Canal Pusher. The plot was partly inspired by the real life news coverage of a Canal Pusher at large on Manchester’s canals and a widely reported theory that a spike in deaths by drowning was no accident. River Rats takes the couple onto the River Avon at Bath where they tangle with Hells Angels, Russian property developers, a Serbian hit-man and corrupt council officials. The series is published by Orphans Publishing Ltd or Leominster. Andy began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle and then spent 25 years at the BBC culminating in his role as Controller BBC English Regions and Director of the redevelopment of Broadcasting House in London. He lives in Worcestershire and when he isn’t writing or hiring narrowboats, he walks his three dogs, rears chickens and rare breed pigs and struggles to keep a 1964 Triumph Spitfire on the road.

Books by Andy Griffee

  • Canal Pushers (The Johnson and Wilde Crime Mysteries)


  • River Rats (The Johnson and Wilde Crime Mysteries)