M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, returning after 31 years 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.His first novel featuring Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, The Puppet Show, was published by Constable to huge acclaim, and was longlisted for the 2019 CWA Gold Dagger Award.M. W. Craven lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn't out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.
Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington PoeSatisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.This book is twisted and dark and I loved it - not sure what that says about meNothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe - Keith NixonMike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction.A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint-hearted!A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series.Dark, sharp and compelling