Mindfulness and murder in the Westcountry

 “Captivating and unusual, a real sleep stealer of a book” UK Crime BookClub



Buddhism, Art, Love and Murder... welcome to the intriguing world of The Mindful Detective, a crime series like no other.


All Vincent Caine wants is to be left to meditate in his secluded cabin on the Undercliff at Lyme Regis. But his colleague, wisecracking feminist single mum, DI Shanti Joyce has other ideas. With their symbiotic skills, the unlikely duo becomes the go-to team for solving weird crimes in the West Country.


Laurence Anholt’s first venture into adult crime fiction has been described as ‘Broadchurch meets Fargo’. A startlingly original and funny series featuring a Buddhist detective, Vincent Caine, who often feels too much for his own good!


Look out for more titles in THE MINDFUL DETECTIVE series in coming years –






Rights to the MINDFUL DETECTIVE series are handled by Literary Agent of the Year, Madeleine Milburn.

Foreign language rights sold: Danish, German, Czech.


The Mindful Detective has been optioned for TV by World Productions, creators of hits such as BodyguardLine of Duty and The Durrells.

Exciting new Audiobook by Hachette audio, narrated by the Author's daughter, Maddy Anholt.


Download your copy here.

When Ethan Flynn, charismatic vocalist of supergroup Stigma, is electrocuted by his own guitar in front of 175,000 witnesses on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival, suspicion falls on his tyrannical twin, Tyrone.

Leading the murder investigation is Buddhist detective, Vincent Caine, and his partner, DI Shanti Joyce. To Shanti's consternation the pair have become known as 'the go-to team for weird stuff in the West Country' and few crimes come weirder than this. Amidst the pulsating beats of the festival, the unlikely duo struggle to untangle the wildly conflicting statements of minders, lovers, drug-fuelled roadies, and dodgy divas.

Against the mystical backdrop of Glastonbury Tor and the tiny Somerset village of Kilton, the terrifying trail leads Shanti and Caine from clairvoyant Tarot readings to the cryptic lyrics of a lost song, cunningly concealed by the tragic superstar.

Can the unlikely mix of Shanti's down-to-earth pragmatism and Caine's intuitive sleuthing skills solve this most singular of murders? Is the future of the world's greatest festival in peril? And what happens when two consummate professionals are forced to share a tent in the steamy heat of summer?


Live music... and explosive death in front of an adoring audience - welcome to the world of the Mindful Detective . . .

'Quirky, compelling and thoroughly enjoyable' Kate Ellis

'A super start to the series' Frances Brody

'An entertaining murder mystery . . . witty' L C Tyler