John Christopher Lenehan had two main series characters,
Inspector Kilby and Charlie Ryan. As can be seen, only one title was
published in America. As happens so often with authors of this period,
there is a woeful lack of information about the background of the writer
himself. We can now redress this with thanks to the authors granddaughter, Susan Skerritt, to whom we are indebted.
My grandfather was born in 1890 in co, longford from a large farming family. His early life was spent in Ireland in rural ireland. He trained to be a primary school teacher but the first world war broke his teaching career. He was on the somme and during this time sent his future wife loving postcards written in French.
He married my grandmother, Linda Selina Fletcher in 1919. She was the youngest daughter of Richard Fletcher a lace manufacture from Long Eaton, Derbyshire. In 1923 their only child , John Richard was born.
My grandfather began to write his books. By day my grandfather was a teacher but by night murder he wrote. He died at the very early age of 53 years old. This was 1943 in the middle of the second world war when my father was in North Africa. He came back to my grandmother being a widow.