Mark McCrum began his career as a travel writer, with well-received books about Southern Africa (Happy Sad Land), Australia (No Worries) and Ireland (The Craic). He is also the author of the UK Top Ten non-fiction bestsellers 1900 House and Castaway 2000, the UK No.1 bestseller Robbie Williams: Somebody Someday, and Walking with the Wounded, which told the story of four wounded soldiers and their successful attempt to reach the North Pole.
Mark now writes crime fiction, starting with The Festival Murders which was 'Thriller of the Week' in the Daily Mail, as well as being selected by the Independent for its 'Not the Booker' summer reads longlist. He followed this with Cruising to Murder, which takes his detective on a luxury cruise along the coast of West Africa ('An intriguing, gentle mystery … with the inevitable eclectic mix of characters - none of whom would be out of place in an Agatha Christie tale - it has a charm and wit that the mistress of crime herself might admire' - Daily Mail). The third in the series Murder Your Darlings is set at a creative writing retreat in a beautiful villa in the hills of Tuscany. This was selected as a 'book of the year' by both the Mail on Sunday and the Literary Review.