ABOUT M. W. CRAVEN
Multi-award-winning author M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle. He joined the army at sixteen, leaving ten years later to complete a social work degree. Seventeen years after taking up a probation officer role in Cumbria, at the rank of assistant chief officer, he became a full-time author. The Puppet Show, the first book in his Cumbria-set Washington Poe series, was published by Little, Brown in 2018 and went on to win the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger in 2019. It has now been translated into twenty-five languages. Black Summer, the second in the series, was longlisted for the 2020 Gold Dagger as was book three, The Curator in 2021. The fourth in the series, Dead Ground, was published in 2021, became an instant Sunday Times bestseller and was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculiar Novel of the Year 2022, and won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2022. His most recent book, The Botanist, was published in hardback in June 2022 and was also an instant Sunday Times bestseller. The paperback will be released on 24 November 2022. Fearless, the first in Mike’s new US set series, starring ex-US Marshal Ben Koenig, will be released 29 June 2023 in the UK and 11 July 2023 in the US.