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 ideals I continue to carry around, as well as a penchant for very loud chaotic music of any kind.

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

Why Andalusia - Part 2

Why Andalusia – Part 2

So the question is: Exactly why did I start writing about Andalusia, and Moorish Spain in particular? I introduced this in part 1 of this post, but didn’t give any reasons why. Here they are. Some years ago, probably around …
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Why Andalusia?

Why Andalusia?

I set the Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries in southern Spain in the area of Andalusia — al-Andalus to the Moors who lived there for over 700 years. After visiting Spain and the Alhambra once when I was 16 years old …
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London Book Fair

London Book Fair

Between April 10th to the 12th the London Book Fair will be running in Earl’s Court, west London. I have visited before a few years ago, but this year I am attending on two days. On one of those I …
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