John Malcolm Andrews has been a design engineer, an export manager, a management consultant, a marketing manager and a machinery broker. With his wife, he was a founding member of the Antique Collectors' Club and he wrote The Price Guide to Antique Furniture in 1968, a title that is still in print. He is known for his long running Tim Simpson series of mystery novels (with 15 titles published to date), which focuses on art expert Tim Simpson as he investigates cases of theft, forgery and fraud. His first novel, A Back Room in Somers Town, was published in 1984. Andrews lives in East Sussex, England.