Peter Ritchie grew up in the fishing community of Musselburgh in Scotland’s East Lothian, where his father’s fishing family hailed from and Peter has recently returned to live in this seaside town, just outside Edinburgh.
Fishing was in Peter’s family’s blood and at the tender age of 15 his working life commenced as a deep-sea fisherman. Without a formal education in his latter teenage years, reading on long fishing expeditions became Peter’s passion and method of self-education.
Almost a decade later, he joined the police service moving swiftly through the ranks of CID, Murder, Serious Crime and Regional Crime Squads. He was involved in some of the biggest investigations encountered by Lothian and Borders Police (now Police Scotland), like the tragic Caroline Hogg and World’s End murders.
Peter became Head of the Organised Crime Unit in the National Criminal Intelligence Service in London where he developed and ran a multi-agency team made up from various branches of law enforcement and the security services. His unit became a model for other organisations involved in tackling serious and organised crime as well as producing major reports for Ministers advising on issues like illegal immigration and human trafficking. Peter was a regular speaker at high profile, international crime conferences.
Whilst in the midst of an incredibly busy career, Peter always had the desire to write novels. However, with a job that required unequivocal commitment, time and energy plus a young family, this was a passion to be pursued at a later date!
So, after London, Peter was subsequently appointed as the UK Liaison Officer to Europol in The Hague, Netherlands - where he spent five years coordinating international intelligence operations against groups involved in cross border organised crime and terrorism.
He returned back to his Scottish homeland to Lothian and Borders Police (now Police Scotland) heading the Major Crime Team, covering covert operations against organised criminal activity before taking on an advisory role for the Croatian Ministry of the Interior to review intelligence systems for organised crime and intelligence.
Following his retiral he worked on a number of private investigations before spending the next few years as part of the public inquiry team looking into the murder of the Loyalist Volunteer Force leader Billy Wright in Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison. Peter also worked on a public inquiry into the death of 18 patients in the Vale of Leven District General Hospital in West Dunbartonshire from a hospital acquired infection.
At long last, Peter was able to embark on his passion for writing, self-publishing his first Tartan Noir, crime fiction book in 2014. His talented writing was picked up by Edinburgh's Black & White Publishing who went onto print his series of thrillers, featuring Detective Grace Macallan. Although the stories are fictional, Peter draws on his extensive experience as an investigator to try and draw an authentic picture of how detectives, criminals and their victims think and feel.
And when he’s not penning novels, Peter also writes plays, poetry and short stories! He also enjoys painting, walking, gardening and various volunteering roles, including at St Columba’s Hospice and the Bethany Christian Trust in Edinburgh.