About Simon

Simon Booker

Hello, and thank you for checking out my website. I’m an author and screenwriter with many credits in primetime drama on BBC1, ITV and US TV. I’ve written thrillers like The Stepfather for ITV1, penned BBC1 adaptations such as Just William, and worked on long-running series including The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries starring the wonderful Diana Rigg. I’ve also written romantic comedies for American TV, including Perfect Strangers starring Anna Friel and Rob Lowe (yes, his eyes really are that blue). I started my writing career with a collection of plays for BBC Radio 4 and have also worked extensively as a TV and radio producer, and as a journalist.

My latest novel is a rom-com called THREE’S A CROWD, published by Simon & Schuster. ‘What if an estranged father and son fell in love with the same woman?’ My latest thriller is Animal Instinct, introducing Joe Cassidy, a traumatised ex-cop who prefers animals to people. It’s available as an ebook or as an all-star Audible Original drama, with a brilliant cast led by Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Lia Williams (The Crown). You can also check out the trailer for my debut novel, Without Trace, the first in a series of psychological thrillers featuring Morgan Vine, a single mother and journalist obsessed with miscarriages of justice. The second Morgan Vine thriller is Kill Me Twice.

I live in London and Deal, Kent. My partner is fellow crime writer Melanie (M.J.) McGrath. We often discuss murder methods over breakfast.

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‘Simon Booker’s fast paced, twisting thrillers are a must-read for anyone who loves a good page turner’ - Simon Kernick


What if an estranged father and son fell in love with the same women?


When the deadliest animal is human…


Based on the novel ANIMAL INSTINCT, this tense Audible Original drama stars a brilliant cast led by Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Lia Williams (The Crown).


Karl Savage is dead. He must be. His ex, Anjelica, is in prison for murdering him in an arson attack. Multiple forensic experts testified to finding his charred remains. So when Anjelica begs investigative journalist Morgan Vine to prove her innocence, it seems an impossible task. It doesn’t matter that Karl was abusive. That Anjelica has a baby to care for. That she’s petrified of fire. The whole world knows Karl is dead.

Then he turns up outside Morgan’s window . . .

‘Val McDermid meets Stephen King‘ Hadley Freeman

‘A must-read‘ Mark Billingham


Meet Morgan Vine, ace investigative journalist. At least, that was the plan. But at 36 her career is in the doldrums and her love life is a joke. She’s living in a converted railway carriage on the beach at Dungeness and still holding a torch for her old flame, Danny Kilcannon - the one that got away.

Danny is in prison, convicted on dubious evidence of murdering his teenage stepdaughter. But Morgan knows he’s innocent. Couldn’t harm a fly - not her beloved Danny. She helps him to win his appeal and regain his freedom. But when her own daughter vanishes without trace, Morgan is forced to confront the terrifying possibility that she might have been wrong - that the love of her life might be a ruthless killer after all….