STEPHEN BOOTH is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in twelve novels set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District. Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure.”
ALISON BRUCE is the author of two non-fiction crime books. She is also the author of five Gary Goodhew novels, all of which are forthcoming from Witness. Alison lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband Jacen and their two children.
RORY CLEMENTS lives in Norfolk and is married to the artist Naomi Clements-Wright. There are five books in the John Shakespeare series of Elizabethan mysteries: Martyr, shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award; Revenger, winner of the 2010 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award; Prince, shortlisted for the 2011 Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award; Traitor; and The Heretics. A TV series based on the books is currently in development.
JUDI CULBERTSON, a retired social worker and bookseller, is the author of a number of books. When she is not studying wildlife in Ecuador, or riding a camel in Morocco, she lives with her family in Port Jefferson, New York.
FRANCES FYFIELD has spent much of her professional life practicing as a criminal lawyer, work which has informed her highly acclaimed novels. She has been the recipient of both the Gold and Silver Crime Writers’ Association Daggers. She is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4, most recently as the presenter of the series ‘Tales from the Stave.’ She lives in London and in Deal, overlooking the sea which is her passion.
MARI HANNAH, the award-winning author of three novels featuring detective Kate Daniels, was born in London and moved north as a child. Her career as a probation officer was cut short when she was injured while on duty, and thereafter she spent several years as a film/television screenwriter. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. She was the winner of the 2010 Northern Writers’ Award and 2013 Polari First Book Prize, and was recently longlisted for the CW 2014 Dagger in the Library Award. Follow her on Twitter @mariwriter.
JAMES HAYMAN spent more than twenty years as a senior creative director at one of New York’s largest advertising agencies. He and his wife now live in Portland, Maine. He is the author of the acclaimed thrillers The Cutting and The Chill of Night, both international bestsellers.
EMLYN REES was brought up in Cardiff and studied English at Southampton University. His first novel, The Book of Dead Authors, published in 1997, was written while he worked as an assistant to the literary agent Vivienne Schuster. Emlyn and his wife Josie Lloyd each had novels of their own published before teaming up to write the bestsellers Come Together, Come Again, The Boy Next Door, Love Lives, We Are Family, The Three Day Rule andThe Seven Year Itch.
JACK SOREN was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Before becoming a thriller novelist, Jack wrote software manuals, drove a cab and spent six months as a really terrible private investigator. His debut novel The Monarchwas nominated for the Kobo Emerging Writer national book award. Jack's second thriller The Tomorrow Heist is available November 3rd. He lives in the Toronto area.
ALINE TEMPLETON lives in Edinburgh with her husband and their Dalmation dog, in a house with a balcony built by an astronomer to observe the stars over the beautiful city skyline. She has worked in education and broadcasting and has written numerous articles and stories for newspapers and magazines. Her books have been published in translation in several European countries as well as in the United States.