In a long career, Andrew Garve produced more than forty books of mystery, detection, thrills, and romance. Difficult to categorize under one heading, he was known not only for his productivity but also for the variety of his themes and settings and his ingenious plots. It has been suggested that he never wrote the same book twice, and although he repeated some of his characters, he never developed the series pattern carried out by many of his fellow writers in this genre. Each of his stories appears to have developed naturally out of its context and the personalities of its characters.
Although Garve uses police characters involved in classic tales of detection, more frequently his hero is a dedicated amateur. The reader identifies with these likable protagonists, sharing in their initial bafflement and participating in their solution of the mystery. A number of Garve’s novels were adapted for radio or television, both in the United States and Great Britain, and two were the basis for popular films. Garve died in January, 2001, in Surrey, England.