Easy Prey

Easy Prey is a modern English murder mystery in the classic style. More

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About Douglas Watkinson

I’m the author of The Nathan Hawk Murder Mysteries, each one a murder story told by the man hunting the killer. Hawk is a witty, belligerent, but finally charming English ex-copper who makes out that he doesn’t like being asked for help. It’s a lie. There’s nothing he’d rather be doing than solving a crime which has baffled the competition.

I’ve also written hundreds of television scripts, everything from Z Cars to Midsomer Murders (or Inspector Barnaby as it’s known in some parts the world). There’s a list of some of the series I’ve contributed to on my Other Writing page. In at least half of them someone gets murdered!

I started off as an actor and my first plays were produced while I was a student at East 15 Acting School. To pay the bills I also wrote the backs of album sleeves for Decca Records.

It took a year after leaving drama school to get my first television play produced, a two hander called Click but from that moment on I was never out of work. I look back now and think how lucky I was…

I had my first stage play performed at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester when I was 25 and went on to write several more, the last being The Wall, which caused some controversy on the London fringe.

I’m married with four allegedly grown up children. Two of them are actors, one is a news reporter for Central Television News and the fourth is the director of an events company. The hero of my books also has four children and – surprise, surprise – they remind me of my own.

I live in an English village with my wife and two German Shepherds. Like all writers worth their salt I work in a shed in the garden.

About the Series: The Nathan Hawk Mysteries
Nathan Hawk is a spiky ex-police officer based in the English countryside. He's been forced to retire for losing his temper once too often. As boredom quickly overtook him, a neighbour did him the courtesy of getting himself murdered.

It was just what Hawk needed - a killer to catch. And once he's solved that first case people start coming to him for help. Before he know it he's working as a private detective.

When he's not working, he worries - about his four grown-up children who've flung themselves to the four corners of the world…

Also in Series: The Nathan Hawk Mysteries

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