A former detective who led the hunt to find quadruple murder suspect Anxiang Du has made his first tentative strides into his second career...as a crime author.
Glyn Timmins, a former detective superintendent who was retired by Northamptonshire Police in January last year, has recently published his first book online.
Mr Timmins, aged 51, has penned a collection of five stories, called From The Diary of a Retired Detective, chronicling the adventures of a retired police officer who starts dealing in antiques.
He says he has always had an interest in writing. However, having left Northamptonshire Police 18 months ago as part of cost-cutting measures at Wootton Hall, he began the tricky job of trying to carve out a second career in other areas by attempting to utilise his experiences as a detective.
It was only after “eight to 10” months of getting nowhere that he realised he had been presented with a “fantastic” opportunity to become an author.
Mr Timmins added: “I have always written but being in the police, with the hours you do, I never really had the time to devote to it.
“I spent the first eight to 10 months after I retired trying to find something I had the skills and abilities to fulfil. But it was very quickly becoming apparent that I wasn’t hearing anything back. All the time I was filling in time doing some writing.”
Having been given the old adage of “writing about what you know”, Mr Timmins started to pen a book about a detective forced into retirement because of spending cuts who found himself “shuffling around in his dressing gown and slippers, fed on a diet of daytime TV”.
He said: “I didn’t want to be some old campaigner telling his stories. I had entered a competition with a story about a detective who retired from the police and I just expanded that idea and created an alter-ego and now I live vicariously through this other life.”
Instead his book focuses on the life of Gary Farrow and the murder-mystery he unwittingly becomes part of. And having published last month online with Kindle, he is already getting five star reviews from readers.
He added: “When I first retired I did not enjoy it and it took me a long time to acclimatise to it, but this is my full-time occupation now and I want to try and make a go of it.”