Dr John Curran

john curran

Dr John Curran acted as consultant to the National Trust during the renovation of Agatha Christie’s former home, Greenway House. His Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and he published Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making, also nominated for the same awards, in September 2011. He completed his PhD, on The Golden Age of Detection, at Trinity College, Dublin where he lives. His most recent publication, Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie, was co-authored with the artist Tom Adams who painted over a hundred Christie book covers.

Martin Edwards


Martin Edwards’ eighteen novels include the Lake District Mysteries and the Harry Devlin series. The Coffin Trail was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for Crime Novel of the Year, while All the Lonely People was nominated for the John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first crime novel. His genre study The Golden Age of Murder has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards. He has edited thirty crime anthologies, has won the CWA Short Story Dagger, the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and the Red Herring award, and is series consultant for the British Library’s series of Crime Classics.

In 2015, he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club, and he is currently also Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.



Dolores Gordon-Smith


Dolores Gordon-Smith is the author of the Jack Haldean series set in 1920’s England, the latest of which is After The Exhibition, a Great War spy thriller, Frankie’s Letter, and a column in Writing Magazine. She has been a teacher, a civil servant and a shaker-out of Christmas puddings in a jam factory.

A huge fan of Agatha Christie and the “Golden Age” of detection, Dolores is married with five daughters, various dogs and cats, and lives in Greater Manchester.



Jake Kerridge


Jake Kerridge has been the crime fiction critic of the Daily Telegraph since 2005. He is an enthusiastic promoter of the best crime fiction of the past as well as the present, both in print and at literary events. He is currently writing the entry on Ruth Rendell for the Dictionary of Literary Biography.


Tony Medawar


Tony Medawar is best known for his discoveries of long-forgotten stories and plays by the giants of the Golden Age, on which he has written extensively for the British genre magazine, CADS (Crime and Detective Stories). Tony has edited six collections of such material, including 13 to the Gallows, a collection of mystery plays by John Dickson Carr. He is currently working on an expanded volume of short stories by Anthony Berkeley and a new collection of previously unpublished crime fiction by Christianna Brand. His ambition is to die in a locked and windowless room, surrounded by unbroken snow and without any weapons in sight. If nothing else, it should make for an interesting case for the insurance investigator.

Christine Poulson


Before Christine Poulson turned to crime, she was a respectable academic with a PhD in History of Art. Her first three novels featured Cambridge literary historian and accidental sleuth, Cassandra James. She has written a stand-alone suspense novel, Invisible and numerous short stories, one of which was short-listed for the Margery Allingham Prize. Her new thriller, Deep Water, is the first in a series featuring scientist Katie Flanagan and patent lawyer, Daniel Marchmont.

Kirsten Saxton


Kirsten Saxton is professor at Mills College, Oakland, California, where she teaches and writes about 18th-century literature, early British women writers, gender and criminality. The Incredible Crime fuses her love of Jane Austen, feminist literary recovery, and crime fiction.She is particularly fascinated by murderesses, the subject of her book Narratives of Women and Murder in England, 1680–1760, a recent essay on Vera Caspary’s Bedelia, and her new project on the genealogy of the domestic thriller.

Len Tyler


L.C. Tyler was born in Essex and was educated there and at Oxford University and City University Business School. His comic crime series featuring author-and-agent duo Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle has been twice nominated for Edgar Allan Poe awards in the US and won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award (best comic crime novel of the year) with Herring in the Library and Crooked Herring. His new historical crime series (the latest of which is The Plague Road) features seventeenth century lawyer, John Grey. He has lived and worked all over the world but more recently has been based in London and West Sussex.


Sarah Ward


Sarah Ward is the author of two DC Childs novels, In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw (Faber and Faber) set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. Her third book in the series, A Patient Fury, is out in September. On her blog, Crimepieces (www.crimepieces.com), she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for translated Scandinavian crime novels.

David Whittle


David Whittle studied Music at Nottingham University, and wrote his PhD thesis on Bruce Montgomery/Edmund Crispin. His biography of Crispin was published in 2007 and has just been issued in paperback. He has contributed to publications such as the Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and Irish Musical Studies. He has been Director of Music at Leicester Grammar School since 1986.