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 and ITV. 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 worked extensively as a TV and radio producer, and as a journalist.

If you click to the videos page, you can watch The Stepfather, my 2-part ITV psychological thriller starring the brilliant Philip Glenister.

You can also check out the trailer for my debut novel, Without Trace. It’s the first in a series of psychological thrillers featuring Morgan Vine, a single mother and journalist who specialises in miscarriages of justice. I enjoy writing for TV but it’s great to branch out into new territory. I hope Morgan Vine might one day show up on a screen near you. Watch this space. The second Morgan Vine thriller is called Kill Me Twice and is available on Amazon.

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

If you’d like a free 26-page Morgan Vine short story please click on Free Short Story. Happy reading!

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


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

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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….

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