An author whose murder book series is set in Norfolk has spoken of what draws him to the county.

Ross Greenwood is a former financier and prison officer who turned to writing literature around eight years ago.

Since then, his Norfolk Murder series has received particular attention, with the first novel selling over 50,000 copies since its publication in April 2023.

North Norfolk News: Ross Greenwood has been a frequent visitor to Norfolk over the past four decadesRoss Greenwood has been a frequent visitor to Norfolk over the past four decades (Image: Ross Greenwood/Boldwood Books)

Death on Cromer Beach, Death at Paradise Park and Death in Bacton Wood follow DS Ashley Knight as she investigates a string of mysterious incidents along the Norfolk coast.

Death on Cromer Beach features real businesses including The Wellington pub, the Doggy Diner cafe and the Masala Twist restaurant, which Mr Greenwood believes adds a unique yet authentic element to the plot.

READ MORE: From Colman's to Nestle, here are some vintage 1940s adverts 

Death at Paradise Park is set at a caravan park in Hunstanton and Death in Bacton Wood, set for release on May 3, begins in the seaside village and names many other nearby locations.

Despite living in Peterborough, Mr Greenwood has loved Norfolk for many years and knows many corners of the county well.

He explained: "We went to Laburnum Caravan Park in West Runton for 10 years when I was younger and then my parents bought a chalet at Kings Chalet Cromer 30 years ago, so I've been to Norfolk loads.

"I love it there - it is so relaxing.

"I now go there and write for a bit of peace with the pooch whenever my wife lets me."

He added he especially enjoys going to Cromer to watch the sunrise but prefers Hunstanton for sunsets.

North Norfolk News: The latest instalment of the series will be released in MayThe latest instalment of the series will be released in May (Image: Ross Greenwood/Boldwood Books)

The writer explained it was his work at HMP Peterborough that sparked his interest in the crime fiction genre.

"My background is in finance, but I had a bit of a health scare when I was 28, with a tumour being removed from the back of my head, so I went a bit mad and travelled all over the world," he said.

"Then I randomly decided to be a prison officer from 2011 until 2015 which gave me rather an interesting insight into what it's really like in jail.

"HMP Peterborough is the only dual prison in the country, so it had 1000 men and 300 women - separated of course, but it meant I worked with both sides.

"It definitely taught me about victim and villain, the cycle of being in and out, domestic abuse, issues with the care system - you name it.

Signed copies of the series are available to buy from Jarrolds in Cromer and Norwich, By The Book in Hunstanton and The Holt Bookshop.

Unsigned editions can be purchased from Amazon.