The Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries

About me

I’m David Penny, author of the Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries set in the final years of Moorish Spain. Want to know why Moorish Spain? Check out the blog post here, and find out about a few other writers mining that same seam of a fascinating period in Spanish history. I’ve been writing almost since I learned to talk, but in those days, many many years ago, all I read and wrote was science-fiction. By some stroke of good fortune at the age of 23 I found an agent and had a book accepted for publication by Robert Hale, which appeared in 1974. Three others followed until 1979 when I more or less stopped writing. Life, huh? But I don’t regret those years. I married, had two great kids, and set up a small software company that I retired from in 2017. Even before then I had started writing again, but by then the publishing world had been stirred and shaken, and I was no longer obsessed with all things science-fiction, so I started to write mystery, crime and fantasy. None of those books ever appeared in print, but you can find a clue to one of them in the Dead Darlings section of this website. And then one night an idea came to me and I said to my family, “Hey, has anyone ever written a detective mystery set in the last years of Moorish Spain?” Knowing only a little about Spain at that time I thought someone must have. But they hadn’t, not really, not the kind of thing I wanted to write. And so Thomas Berrington, emigree Englishman, was brought alive, together with his compatriot in crime the six-foot eunuch Jorge. You can find out why here, and welcome to their world. From the outset there were always going to be 10 books set in the years 1482-92, ending with the fall of Granada to Spanish forces. That’s me over on the right-hand side. I had hair once. A lot of hair, and hippy┬áideals I continue to carry around, as well as a penchant for very loud chaotic music of any kind.

COMING SOON

The Fortunate Dead, Book 6 in the Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries will be published toward the end of November 2018. Here’s a peek of the cover, and here’s a sneak peek of the first three unedited chapters.

Click on any of the images above to find out more about each book, read a sample chapter and find out how to buy a copy in your local Amazon store.

Recent Blog Posts

Joan Fallon: The al-Andalus trilogy and the story behind it

Joan Fallon: The al-Andalus trilogy and the story behind it

Today I have a guest post from my good friend Joan Fallon, who also writes about the al-Andalus region of Spain during the time of the Moors. The al-Andalus trilogy is set in C├│rdoba and its surrounding countryside. It is …
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Self Publishing in Retirement

Self Publishing in Retirement

While I was attending the London Book Fair I got chatting with internet advertising guru Mark Dawson, and he asked if I would do a quick interview to tell my story of how I discovered FB Advertising. I said of …
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The Fortunate Dead: Chapter 1 - WIP

The Fortunate Dead: Chapter 1 – WIP

For those interested I thought you might like to read Chapter 1 of the forthcoming Book 6 in the Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries. This is a first draft only, so might change a little in the finished book. CHAPTER ONE …
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