An unapologetic Anglophile, Jim Napier has spent considerable time in the UK dating from 1987. After a successful academic career that included teaching crime fiction and creative writing, he turned to writing full time. Since then he has published over six hundred reviews, interviews and articles about crime writers and their craft, both in print and on multiple websites. In 2012 he was commissioned to write a series of biographies of Canadian crime writers for the Canadian Encyclopedia. He has chaired or participated in panels on crime fiction at Montreal’s Bleu Metropolis literary festival, the Knowlton LitFest, and at the Canadian crime writing festival Bloody Words. He has twice served on juries for the Arthur Ellis Awards for Canadian crime writing, and in 2009 chaired the awards.
Along with such notable authors as Louise Penny, Peter James, Sophie Hannah and Rhys Bowen, Napier contributed to an anthology on crime writing titled Now Write! Mysteries published by Tarcher/Penguin in 2011. Legacy, the first novel in his Colin McDermott Mystery Series, was published to great acclaim in 2017. Ridley’s War is the second in the series. The third, Family Matters, is slated for release in 2021.