M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .
The Puppet Show, the first book in the Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw series was published by the Little, Brown imprint, Constable in 2017, and went on to win the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger in 2019. It has been sold in numerous foreign territories and the production company Studio Lambert, creators of the award-winning Three Girls,have optioned it for TV. The sequel, Black Summer, was longlisted for the 2020 Gold Dagger. The third in the series, The Curator, was released in 2020.
M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.
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