Chris Simms


Chris Simms has worked in airports, nightclubs, post offices and telesales centres. He now lives in Marple, near Stockport, with his wife and four children.

The idea for his debut novel, Outside the White Lines, came to him in the early hours of the morning while broken down on the hard shoulder of the M40. His series of DI Spicer novels 'psychological thrillers set very firmly in Manchester' follow the abrasive police detective's fortunes as he pursues mad, bad and deadly individuals through the city's ever-changing landscape.



Crime / thrillers

Publications & Performance History

Along with nominations for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year award and Crime Writers' Association Dagger awards (for his novels and short stories), Chris was selected by Waterstone's as one of their '25 Authors For The Future'. In addition to writing novels, Chris edits Case Files, an online magazine that profiles forthcoming work from members of the Crime Writers Association.

Workshop & Reading Experience

Chris has, for many years, given talks at libraries throughout the Greater Manchester region.


Melanie Graaf, Bolton Library

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Greater Manchester

North West Libraries

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