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Nigel was born in England, to a Scottish mother and a native Londoner father. After living in London, the East Sussex village of Wadhurst, and Glasgow, his family emigrated to North York when he was five. Nigel earned degrees at MIT and University of Toronto. He also studied for an external LL.B from the University of London, thinking of returning to England and becoming a barrister, before a period of illness made him stick to working as a professional librarian.After working for the best part of 20 years in Ontario public libraries and has been Head of Reference Services at the Manitoba Legislative Library. He is currently recovering from successful cancer treatment.
The bulk of his published writing about the mystery genre was published between 1997 and 2003 in Mystery Review. This included reviews of new and classic detective works, feature articles on topics such as spinster sleuths and leading mystery writers and their works including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Robert Van Gulik, and Arthur Upfield, interviews, book store profiles and “Mysterious Web” Internet fillers.
Nigel has also written columns for Muskoka area newspapers, short “Country Diary” and “Good to Meet You” pieces in the Guardian Weekly, and published many reviews in publications such as Library Journal and American Reference Books Annual. A lifelong learner, he is currently researching material for a golden-age style mystery series.