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M. J. Trow

M .J.Trow bills himself in many of his books as the only Welshman who cannot sing or play rugby. A military historian by training, graduating from King’s College, London and Cambridge, he has spent most years of his life at the chalk face of comprehensive schools which has given him the inspiration for his latest fictional detective Peter ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell.

The first detective series appeared in 1985 in the form of Inspector Lestrade, late of the Conan Doyle canon and after sixteen hilarious, bloody and intriguing outings, the world’s second greatest detective hung up his bowler … or did he?

In fiction, Mad Max, history teacher by day, private detective by weekend, has now solved 14 bizarre cases, each with its own brand of humour and sadness.

Wearing his true crime hat, M.J.Trow took the lid off the Craig and Bentley case with Let Him Have It which helped in the long fight to clear Derek Bentley’s name. The Wigwam Murder and The Many Faces of Jack the Ripper followed, examining slaughter across sixty decades in the classic tradition.

Turning to pure biography, Trow has earned a reputation as a scholar who peels away legend to reveal the truth. In topics as diverse as Kit Marlowe, Vlad the IMpaler, Boudicca and Cnut, he succeeds in bringing to life not only the central characters, but their times.

An experienced ghost writer and researcher, he lives with his wife, also a writer, in a Victorian vicarage in the Isle of Wight and has been aided in his recent fact books by his son, who now, irritatingly enough, has one more degree than his father!

A talented artist as well as writer, M.J.Trow has designed the covers for many of his novels and more recently has drafted maps and line illustrations for his biographies. He has also lectured with great success in Britain and the USA.

Recent TV work includes Ancient Discoveries Series 3 and 4 for Wild Dream on History Channel; Jack the Ripper for several companies and channels; Spartacus for History Channel; the Black Museum with Nick Ross made by Endemol for the Crime Channel; Vlad the Impaler and Frankenstein for Hardy Pictures’ True Horror Series.

Follow Mei Trow on Twitter @history2mystery


Adventures of Inspector Lestrade



Britannia: The Wall

Britannia II

Britannia III

El Cid

Lestrade and the Brother of Death

Lestrade and the Dead Man's Hand

Lestrade and the Deadly Game

Lestrade and the Devil’s Own

Lestrade and the Giant Rat of Sumatra

Lestrade and the Gift of the Prince

Lestrade and the Guardian Angel

Lestrade and the Hallowed House

Lestrade and the Kiss of Horus

Lestrade and the Leviathan

Lestrade and the Magpie

Lestrade and the Mirror of Murder

Lestrade and the Ripper

Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring

Lestrade and the Sign of Nine

Maxwell’s Acadeny

Maxwell's Curse

Maxwell's Flame

Maxwell's House

Maxwell's Match

Maxwell's Movie

Maxwell's Return

Maxwell's Reunion

Maxwell's Ride

Maxwell's War


The World of Inspector Lestrade

Vlad the Impaler

Weird War Two

World of Britannia