British detective writer HRF Keating, the creator of Inspector Ghote, died at the age of 84. Keating introduced detective's character in his novel 'The Perfect Murder'.
The former Daily Telegraph journalist introduced the character in his 1964 novel The Perfect Murder, going on to feature him in more than 20 titles.
Born Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating in 1926, he also penned several books under the pseudonym Evelyn Harvey. Keating later brought in another recurring character, Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens, featuring her in seven titles before returning to Ghote.
He won two Gold Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, which he chaired in the early 1970s.
Keating also authored several works of non-fiction, including 'How to Write Crime Fiction', which has remained constantly in print.
He is survived by his wife, the actress Sheila Mitchell, and four children.