The Crime Writers' Association

Mike Craven

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Multi-award winning author M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle. He joined the army at sixteen, leaving ten years later to complete a social work degree. Seventeen years after taking up a probation officer role in Cumbria, at the rank of assistant chief officer, he became a full-time author. The Puppet Show, the first book in his Cumbria-set Washington Poe series, was published by Little, Brown in 2018 and went on to win the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger in 2019. It has now been translated into twenty-one languages. Black Summer, the second in the series, was longlisted for the 2020 Gold Dagger and book three, The Curator, is out now. The fourth in the series, Dead Ground, is out this June


Gold - 2019 - The Puppet Show

Other Awards

Shortlisted for CWA 2013 Debut Dagger – Born in a Burial Gown

Won  CWA 2019 Gold Dagger – The Puppet Show

Shortlisted for Dead Good Reader Award – The Puppet Show

Shortlisted for Amazon Publishing Readers Award – The Puppet Show

Shortlisted for Glass Bell Award for Contemporary Fiction – The Puppet Show

Longlisted for CWA 2020 Gold Dagger – Black Summer

Books by Mike Craven

  • Born in a Burial Gown


  • Body Breaker


  • Black Summer


  • The Puppet Show


  • The Curator


  • Cut Short


  • Dead Ground