Ann Cleeves worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black . Ann lives in North Tyneside.
Ann Cleeves has not one but two hit TV series to her credit: Vera has been joined by Shetland – which is now a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez. Ann’s latest book is Thin Air, the next in the ‘Shetland’ series.