Kate Charles, who was described by the Oxford Times as “a most English writer”, was in fact born in the US, though she has lived in the UK for many years. Most of her novels are set against the colourful background of the Church of England, and she is a recognised expert on the sub-genre of clerical crime. After more than twenty years in Bedford, Kate and her husband now live in Ludlow with their Border Terrier, Rosie.
Kate is a former Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Barbara Pym Society. She is a member of the prestigious Detection Club. In 2012 she was the recipient of the George N. Dove Award for Contributions to the Field of Crime Fiction, recognising her work as co-organiser of the St Hilda’s Crime and Mystery Conference from 1994.
Her favourite hobby is visiting churches, and this interest is reflected in her various church society memberships, particularly WATCH (Women and the Church) and her enthusiastic support of Music in Country Churches. Kate also enjoys cooking, reading, music, and singing in the church choir.
George N. Dove Award for Contributions to the Field of Crime Fiction, 2012