C.A. James was born in Spalding and sets her novels in the evocative Fenland countryside of South Lincolnshire. She works as a bookseller, researcher and teacher. She has a lifelong fascination with crime fiction and its history. She is also a well-established non-fiction writer, under a separate name.
The prose is beautifully crafted and of a literary quality that is sadly missing in many modern novels. In the Family richly portrays human traits and failings and produces a level of empathy with the characters that is akin to William Boyd's work. -- Ernst Kallus With a well-written and cleverly plotted story and, above all, rich characterisation, this new piece of crime fiction is both believable and addictive from the start. -- Blandine Bastie A compelling read, holding the suspension and intrigue all the way through... -- Mark Majurey Christina James has given me back my taste for good, gripping crime fiction. -- Valerie Poore A book that I would read again, not only because of the rich tapestry of images, dialogue and internal landscapes, but also the thoughtful use of the written word. I can't wait to read the next Tim Yates novel. -- Elaine Aldred I'd like to describe this as a page turner but I read it on a Blackberry, so there were no pages to turn. And it's really hard reading a novel on a Blackberry. But I did and I finished it which should tell any potential reader how good it is. -- Richard Charkin, Executive Director, Bloomsbury