Jim Kelly is an author and journalist. Kelly won the Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award in 2006.
As of 2013, Kelly has written eleven crime novels, including the award-winning The Water Clock, featuring fictional journalist Philip Dryden, based in the Cambridgeshire area of Great Britain. His new series, based on Detective Inspector Peter Shaw, is based on the North Norfolk coast and in the port of Lynn. In 2010 Kelly won the New Angle prize for literature for Death Watch, the second in the Shaw and Valentine series.
He lives with the biographer Midge Gillies and they have a daughter together.