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Publication Order of Knight and Culverhouse Books

Too Close For Comfort (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty as Sin (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Be Nimble (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rough Justice (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Too Deep (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Name of the Father (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
With A Vengeance (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead & Buried (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Plain Sight (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snakes and Ladders (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kempston Hardwick Mysteries Books

Exit Stage Left (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Westerlea House Mystery (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Under the Sun (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thirteenth Room (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wrong Man (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Rutland Crime Books

What Lies Beneath (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Borrowed Time (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Cold Blood (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss of Death (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moment of Truth (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sam Barker Books

Absolution (With: Steven Moore) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betrayal (With: Steven Moore) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Young Culverhouse Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Her Last Tomorrow (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Only the Truth (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Her Image (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tell Me I'm Wrong (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Lie (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Closer To You (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Gone (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love You To Death (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Harder They Fall (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

We Need to Talk About Adam (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tips for Writers (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Adam Croft is a British author that has achieved considerable financial success in the arena of self-publishing.


Adam Croft didn’t expect to achieve so much success when he set out to write Too Close for Comfort’, his first novel. At the time, Croft was running an internet marketing company. The book came together in 2011. And at the time, Croft didn’t quite know what to do with it.

He heard of Amazon’s self-publishing program, and their offer of 70 percent royalties paid to their authors initially appealed to him. However, before he could pursue the option, he learned that he could just as easily publish the books himself, a task he researched and undertook within a few weeks.

Adam Croft’s first attempt at self-publishing didn’t elicit immediate results. Though, the sales slowly but surely trickled in. When things finally took off, Adam found that he could write full-time.

He went on to sell 250,000 copies of his Knight and Culverhouse Crime novels. In five years, the author could boast of having sold 350,000 copies overall, which, for Croft, was completely unexpected.

Adam Croft isn’t exactly a household name, though Her Last Tomorrow’, his 2015 psychological thriller definitely put him on the map, allowing him to exceed even his expectations.

There are few independently published authors that have achieved as much success as Adam Croft who only continues to break new ground and reach new heights, especially after some of his novels were bought by an imprint of Amazon Publishing called Thomas and Mercer.

Adam will be the first to tell you that self-publishing has done wonders for his life. Before 2011, Adam was barely meeting his basic needs. When he entered the self-publishing arena, Adam found that he could even afford to pay off his mortgage in just a few short weeks with the royalties.

It isn’t surprising that Adam has become such a strong proponent of self-publishing, often heard chastising traditional publishers for refusing to conform to the new system and instead becoming entrenched in their snobbish ideas.

Adam Croft’s success is such that the Kempston Hardwick mystery books he wrote have been adapted into audio plays featuring various notable voices from the world of British Television.

Adam Croft’s star is set to keep rising, especially when you take into consideration all the bestseller lists on which he has featured in the last few years. Adam is the sort of success story that proponents of self-publishing site whenever they attempt to argue against the necessity of traditional publishing today.

+Too Close for Comfort

As the newest Mildenheath CID murder squad recruit, DS Wendy Knight has a lot to prove, and it isn’t long before she gets her opportunity to show her mettle. Ella Barrington’s murder comes Wendy’s way.

And in trying to identify the prostitute’s killer, Wendy begins to suspect that she might have stumbled upon the work of a serial killer. If that wasn’t enough, Robert Ludford, Wendy’s new love interest begins to manifest some suspicious mannerisms.

Wendy cannot help but question his passing interest in the Mildenheath murders.

Most people seem to agree that this book has a lot of potential. As Adam Croft’s first book, it isn’t without its mistakes. However, Adam’s talent is undeniable. He delivers a police procedural that is actually quite enjoyable.

At the very least, most readers will find it readable. The story delves into a singular murder whose investigation quickly reveals a number of previous deaths that happened within a relatively short time period, with all of them featuring prostitutes as the victims.

As a police procedural, it is pretty typical. In the place of a grumpy male hero, readers are treated to a female detective with all the flaws you might expect. There are definitely too many clichés.

The British slang might also confuse some people. But even with all those foibles, this book is decent. It is short and relatively straightforward, the perfect book to read in between a particularly taxing series of novels.

+In Too Deep

Her short time with the Murder squad at the Mildenheath CID office has seen DS Wendy Knight experience an unexpected amount of pain. For her grizzled partner, such tragedy is part and parcel of the job. But even DCI Jack Culverhouse is surprised when they encounter a case without the slightest shred of a lead.

A journalist has been thoroughly beaten, only barely surviving the ordeal; a journalist with a keen understanding of the corrupt underbelly of Mildenheath.

The only witness is a defenseless child, and neither the child nor the comatose victim is in decent shape to help clear things up. There is a horrifying truth awaiting Wendy and Jack at the end of their journey to find a ruthless killer who is determined to finish the job he started.

It might be the fifth book in the Knight and Culverhouse series but anyone can actually read this novel as a standalone, even without prior knowledge of the books that came before. The book delivers what most people have come to expect from Adam Croft.

Wendy and Jack are forced to investigate a gritty crime that hides some nefarious truth. The book is very short, so the mystery is very fast-paced, with Adam working as hard as possible to deliver as many surprises as he can.

The book is supposed to stand on its own but prior knowledge of the series definitely helps, primarily because the story here is used by Adam to delve into the back-stories of his characters.

Adam’s growth as a writer is difficult to ignore. He raises the stakes and keeps readers guessing about the events of the next chapter. And each book only makes readers pant in excitement for the next one, wondering what new horror Adam might have in store for them.

There are very few authors that are able to deliver such quality on a consistent basis. However, Adam’s books seem to get better with each new installment in the series, and that is no easy feat. Because this book can be read in one sitting, and a number of readers have attested to finishing it in one sitting, one can see the effort the author makes to keep readers hooked with each new sentence, page, and chapter.

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