Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller, and Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children. “Another spot-on police thriller, laced with humour and brought to life by great characters.” Sunday Mirror on The Dying Hours
Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain’s leading crime novelists. His Jack Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone. His latest novel, Black Widow, deals with contemporary gender issues such as sexism on forums, public shaming, revenge porn and trolling. “Chris Brookmyre takes crime fans exactly where they want to go.” The Daily Telegraph
Hugh Fraser is perhaps best known for playing Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot and appearing as the Duke of Wellington in Sharpe. Other TV work has included Edge of Darkness, Edward and Mrs Simpson and Alan Bennett’s The Insurance Man. Amongst his film credits are roles in Patriot Games, The Draughtman’s Contract, 101 Dalmatians, Clint Eastwood’s Firefox and The Man in the Mask. In addition to numerous theatre credits, including various roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hugh cowrote the theme tune to the popular children’s television program Rainbow. His debut novel Harm was published in 2015 by Urbane Publications.
Martyn Waites, writing as Tania Carver, is the author of the best-sellers Truth or Dare, Choked, and the newly published follow-up Heartbreaker. A film short, Just Life, has recently been adapted by Caleb Ranson (Night and Day, Diamond Geezer, Take Me, Daylight Robbery) from one of Martyn’s stories. The latest Tania Carver thriller is The Lost Girl dropping 10 March 2016 by Little, Brown. “Gruesome and fast-paced…definitely a white-knuckle ride.” Guardian on Choked