The Occasional Gardener – Nick Hooper


The Occasional Gardener is the first of a series about Inspector Arnold Rackham, available in paperback format from this site.

The second book in the series, The Mirror in the Ice Cream Parlour, was published in 2019 and can be purchased here.

To purchase the Kindle edition of The Occasional Gardener, click here.

Fancy a sneak peek, or want to get started before your order arrives in the post? Click here to read the opening chapter of Inspector Arnold’s first adventure.

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Arnold Rackham is a detective inspector in a safe parochial town. He has buried his head in the sand for too long, and bit by bit, his past and other metaphorical criminal weeds appear to make his life very difficult. To cap it all, he starts to have memory loss episodes. He manages to cope with his troubles with the help of his dog, and his artistic ability to draw from memory. Thus finding his way back, and solving a series of crimes.

Continuing the trend of music inspired by Nick’s writing, The Bookshop Band gave this special performance of their song ‘I Can Draw’ at the official book launch in 2018. You can watch the performance below.

Reviews from Critics

Alice Nuttall, Daily Info

There were a lot of enjoyable moments in both The Occasional Gardener and The Mirror in the Ice Cream Parlour. Rackham faces high stakes and real peril, the plot twists and turns to an exciting conclusion, and there are some truly touching points, particularly the scenes focusing on Rackham’s dependence on and love for his unnamed dog. Locals will love spotting the Oxfordshire connections, and crime fans may find a new favourite in this artistic detective.

Read the full review here