Michael Humfrey was born on a banana estate in Grenada. He joined the British Colonial Police Service as an Assistant Superintendent in what was then the Uganda Protectorate. .
He returned to the Caribbean four years later, became Head of the Jamaican Security Intelligence Branch and then Deputy Commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary. He retired prematurely in order to write about the West Indies.
He is an authority on marine molluscs and author of Sea Shells of the West Indies. Portrait of a Sea Urchin is his account of his childhood in the Caribbean.
A Settlement in Kind is his fifth novel and his short stories have appeared in the London Magazine and in literary journals in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand