This is the official website of crime and horror writer Patrick C. Walsh

If you scroll down you’ll find information on all my books, including links to sites where they can be purchased, as well as some information about me.

I also have a blog that I do my best to keep updated.



Patrick’s Books


All of the crime books below feature a character called Mac Maguire. He’s an ex-policeman and murder specialist who was forced to retire because of a spinal disability. His disability was brought to light after his wife died and he could no longer cover up the fact that he was constantly in pain. The books chart Mac’s progress back into work as a private detective as he once more discovers the unique gifts that help him solve the most puzzling crimes.


Coming soon

THE ‘MATCH OF THE DAY’ MURDERS – The seventh Mac Maguire mystery

It’s been the worst summer in years and Mac is once more at a loose end. He meets the mother of a murdered girl and is asked to look into an unsolved murder case that is nearly five years old. Her daughter wasn’t the only girl who died in what became known as ‘The Match of the Day Murders’. All three girls were found on football fields exactly one week after the other and all were strangled to death. Mac agrees to do what he can but, before he can even get started, he is asked by his old friend DI Andy Reid from the Major Crime Unit to help. They are also re-investigating the case and so Mac finds himself working alongside Kate Grimsson once again as they dig deep into the past.

Mac too has an anniversary coming up and it’s bothering him. It will soon be a year since his wife Nora died and he is totally unsure as to how he will face it. Meanwhile Kate has her own personal problems as the past comes back to haunt her and she finds that she has an important decision to make.

A story of life, death and football.

To be published late April 2018



THE BODY IN THE BOOT – The first ‘Mac’ Maguire mystery

Just over six months before Mac had been the head of  a London Murder Squad and a policeman renowned for his skill in cracking the most difficult cases. Now Mac finds himself in a dark place. He’s recently lost his wife and his grief has made a chronic spinal condition worse leaving him in constant pain. After six months of doing nothing his daughter and best friend decide that he needs to be working. They set him up as a private detective in the hope that this may break the cycle of depression that has overwhelmed him and so the Garden City Detective Agency was born.

However Mac doubts himself and is no longer sure if he has the will or the energy to make a success of his new career. His first case comes by chance as a mother’s grief sends him into a town’s red light district to find out how her daughter died.

Mac soon finds himself working with a team of local police detectives who are hot on the trail of a cold-blooded serial killer. He has to dig deep and rediscover all his talents in order to solve the case of The Body in the Boot.

Published May 2015

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada



THE DEAD SQUIRREL – The second ‘Mac’ Maguire mystery

One of Mac’s neighbours discovers that a squirrel found dead in her garden has been poisoned. A short while afterwards he learns that a woman has also been found, murdered by the same exotic poison, and the investigation kicks off. Mac helps the local police investigate a cold-blooded murder and the members of a local Jane Austen society are all suspects. The investigation, however, turns up something quite unexpected and shocking.

Published October 2015

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada



THE WEEPING WOMEN – The third ‘Mac’ Maguire mystery

Mac’s hit a new low. With only daytime TV to look forward to he agrees to help cranky old Monty Llewellyn-fforbes find out who broke into his house and stole an Easter egg. When he talks to the local police he finds out that there have been four other burglaries in the area where only chocolate has been stolen. Both Mac and the police suspect that there is far more to the break-ins than at first meets the eye.

Following a tenuous lead he discovers that the crimes may have been connected to an incident in a Greek town just after the end of the Second World War. He eventually uncovers a dark secret from the past, so dark that it is still causing tremors seventy years later.

Mac also helps the daughter of a world famous artist  open her father’s safe. Does it really contain evidence of a crime being committed within the family?

Two cases linked by deception, the beauty of art and women’s tears.

Published February 2016

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada



THE BLACKNESS– The fourth Mac Maguire mystery

A young girl goes missing in a Hertfordshire town on a Saturday night and Mac is called in to help the Major Crimes Unit with their first case. The investigation leads Mac and the team into some dark places as they explore every avenue in a race against the clock. It takes a memory from the past to finally lead the team in the right direction, away from the light and into the heart of blackness.

Published August 2016

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada


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23 COLD CASES– The fifth Mac Maguire mystery

In ‘The Blackness’ Mac injures his back saving a young girl’s life and has been told that he will need to spend the next six weeks in bed. In desperation he asks the head of the Major Crime Unit Dan Carter for something to keep his mind off his increased pain levels. Dan sends him some cold cases that his unit has been given, twenty three brutal murders, and Mac gets to work. All he can do is apply his mind but that is more than enough. With help from a new recruit, the mercurial DS Kate Grimsson, and DC Tommy Nugent the team manage to re-open the case of an axe murder supposedly carried out by a drugs gang. However they find that there is far more to the case than initially meets the eye.

But there is another cold case that Mac just can’t get out of his mind. He gives it his best efforts but will he ever find out what really happened?

Published June 2017

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada


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TWO DOGS– The sixth Mac Maguire mystery

Mac reluctantly and against his better judgment goes to work for an actress who’s the star of a famous TV soap. She’s certain that her rock star ex-husband has dognapped her German Shepherd and she wants Mac to prove it. Mac’s heart isn’t in it but he does his best little knowing that he would soon find himself embroiled in a murder investigation that not only takes him abroad but hot on the trail of a European super-criminal.

Mac also tries to help his local priest who’s been accused of killing his next door neighbour with his own shotgun. This troubles Mac who looks upon the priest as a friend. The only problem is that the more he investigates the case the more it looks like only he could have done it!

A story of murder, violence, theft, international skullduggery…

…and two dogs.

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada




13 Ghosts of Winter

Thirteen ghost stories for Christmas and the Winter season. Original tales of the supernatural that will make you shiver!

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada


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The Black Vaults Experiment

Renovation work at a large Victorian pub called the Black Vaults is halted as the builders refuse to work saying that the pub is haunted. In desperation the owners call in Martin Jorgensen, a young Professor of Anomalistic Psychology, who sees this as a chance to test his pet theory. Together with his assistant and four student volunteers he spends two nights at the pub as part of an experiment in the hope that he’ll be able to record some real paranormal activity. However the Black Vaults is full of surprises and they experience strange events that will change all of their lives forever.

Available in Amazon Books UK / Amazon Books US / Amazon Books Canada

About Patrick


Born in Birmingham too many years ago, like his main character ‘Mac’ Maguire Patrick came to live in leafy Hertfordshire, ending up in a big village called Letchworth Garden City.

Patrick has the same problems with pain as his main character and so the Mac Maguire mysteries were born out of a need to be doing something that wasn’t a spread sheet at the weekends. However even Patrick has been surprised at how Mac has taken on a life of his own and now he sees himself as being Mac’s biographer rather than his inventor.

Pink paisley advertIn his time he’s had many professions but he started off as a musician. He played guitar professionally for some years before forming his own band and songwriting team. (The ad is for his best guitar of all time  – a 1968 Telecaster that he still has). However in his late thirties he concluded that he was probably not going to be a rock star anytime soon and so became a quality professional in the automotive industry. In trying to place quality systems online he became interested in websites and information architecture. He eventually got invited to apply for a job at the BBC where he’s worked for the last ten years first as an Information Architect and now as a Business Analyst for Radio and Music. He is a proud member of the Society of Authors.

You can contact Patrick through his Facebook page or by emailing