M. J. Trow

Meirion James Trow (born 16 October 1949)[1] is a writer who writes under the name M. J. Trow.[2]


Trow was born in Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales. He went to Warwick School from 1961 to 1968. In 1968 he went to King's College London to read history. After graduation he spent a year at Jesus College, Cambridge. From 1972 he was a history teacher in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.[3] On 14 July 1973[4] he married Carol Mary Long and in 1976 moved to the Isle of Wight where he worked as a teacher of History and Politics at Ryde High School. Trow is a member of the Society of Authors and of the Crime Writers' Association. He has worked at Ryde High School for many years and is a well known teacher and historian, and his old classroom has been renamed the "Trow Suite" in honour of his teaching career at the school.

Trow is also known in some circles for his work in theatre and dramas, organising and participating in many performances.

Earlier in 2008 he appeared on the Channel 4 show Richard & Judy talking about his book Spartacus: The Myth and the Man.



Trow has written over 25 fiction books, in three main series.

'Inspector Lestrade' books, based on the character from the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Publication orderTitleSet in
1The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade[5]1891
2Brigade: Further Adventures of Inspector Lestrade1894
3Lestrade and the Hallowed House1901
4Lestrade and the Leviathan1910
5Lestrade and the Brother of Death1912
8Lestrade and the Ripper1888
9Lestrade and the Deadly Game[6]1908
10Lestrade and the Guardian Angel1897
11Lestrade and the Gift of the Prince1903
12Lestrade and the Magpie1920
13Lestrade and the Dead Man's Hand1895
14Lestrade and the Sign of Nine1886
15Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring1879
16Lestrade and the Mirror of Murder[7]1906
17Lestrade and the Kiss of Horus1923
18Lestrade and the Devil's Own1913
19Lestrade and the Giant Rat of Sumatra1905

'Peter Maxwell', featuring a teacher and amateur sleuth.

  1. Maxwell's House (1994)
  2. Maxwell's Flame (1995)
  3. Maxwell's Movie (1997)
  4. Maxwell's War (1999)
  5. Maxwell's Ride (2000)
  6. Maxwell's Curse (2000)
  7. Maxwell's Reunion (2001)
  8. Maxwell's Match (2002)
  9. Maxwell's Inspection (2003)
  10. Maxwell's Grave (2004)
  11. Maxwell's Mask (2005)
  12. Maxwell's Point (2007)
  13. Maxwell's Chain (2008)
  14. Maxwell's Revenge (2009)
  15. Maxwell's Retirement (2010)
  16. Maxwell's Island (2011)
  17. Maxwell's Crossing (2012)
  18. Maxwell's Return (2014)
  19. Maxwell's Academy (2015)

'Kit Marlowe', featuring the playwright and poet as detective.

  1. Dark Entry (2011)
  2. Silent Court (2011)[8]
  3. Witch Hammer (2012)
  4. Scorpions's Nest (2012)
  5. Crimson Rose (2013)
  6. Traitor's Storm (2014)
  7. Secret World (2015)
  8. Eleventh Hour (2017)
  9. Queen's Progress (2018)
  10. Black Death (2019)

The Kit Marlowe series is published by Severn House.

Other work

'Britannia' (co-written with Richard Denham), set in Sub-Roman Britain.

  1. Part I: The Wall (2014)
  2. Part II: The Watchmen (2014)
  3. Part III: The Warlords (2016)
  4. World of Britannia: Historical Companion to the Britannia Series (2016)


  • Let Him Have It, Chris (1990), on which the film Let Him Have It (1991) was based
  • The Wigwam Murder, based on the August Sangret case. (1994, republished by T Squared Books in 2016)
  • The Many Faces of Jack the Ripper (1997)
  • Who Killed Kit Marlowe?: a Contract to Murder in Elizabethan England (2001)
  • Vlad the Impaler: in Search of the Real Dracula (2003)
  • Boudicca (2004)
  • Cnut: Emperor of the North (2005)
  • Spartacus: the Myth and the Man (2006)
  • The Pocket Hercules (2006)
  • El Cid: the Making of a Legend (2007)
  • War Crimes: Underworld Britain in the Second World War (2008)
  • A Brief History of Vampires (2010)[9]
  • Ripper Hunter: Abberline and the Whitechapel Murders (2012)
  • A Brief History of Cleopatra (2013)[10]


  1. https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/trow-mj-1949
  2. Edge, Simon (2009-11-06). "Jack The Ripper - Quest For A Killer: MJ Trow". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  3. https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/trow-mj-1949
  4. https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/trow-mj-1949
  5. "Fiction Book Review: The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade by M. J. Trow". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  6. "LESTRADE AND THE DEADLY GAME by M.J. Trow". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  7. "LESTRADE AND THE MIRROR OF MURDER by M.J. Trow". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  8. "SILENT COURT by M.J. Trow". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  9. Do, Myha. "Book Review: M. J. Trow. A Brief History of Vampires". Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  10. "A BRIEF HISTORY OF CLEOPATRA by M.J. Trow". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
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