English novelist, biographer, and journalist whose best-known works include Death and the Visiting Fellow and Village Cricket. Many of his popular mystery novels feature the character of Special Investigator Simon Bognor.
He studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford and subsequently published biographies of Princess Margaret and Barbara Cartland.
His journalistic work includes articles and columns for The Spectator, The Sunday Times, Daily Express, and The Daily Telegraph.
He was born and raised in Dorset, England, and he later lived in Cornwall and Somerset.
He wrote a 1991 biography of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.