Sub-genre: Historical thriller
Karen Maitland is fascinated by the murder and superstition of the Middle Ages and has written eight dark historical thrillers published by Penguin and Headline. Company of Liars, The Owl Killers, The Gallows Curse, The Vanishing Witch, The Raven’s Head and The Plague Charmer are set in Medieval England and France, while Falcons of Fire & Ice is during the Inquisition in Portugal and the Reformation in Iceland. Her latest medieval thriller, A Gathering of Ghosts, is set among the deadly tors and mires of Dartmoor.
Karen is also one of six historical crime writers – Philip Gooden, Susannah Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight and Ian Morson – together known as the Medieval Murderers. Karen has written five historical crime novels with the Medieval Murderers, which include The Sacred Stone, Hill of Bones, The First Murder, The False Virgin and The Deadliest Sin, all published by Simon & Schuster.
She now lives in Devon. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Historical Novelist Association, Historical Novel Society and the Society of Authors. She is also one of The History Girls bloggers and her history blog appears on their website on the 8th of each month.
Karen won the Prix du Balai d’or in Paris 2015 for her novel La Malédiction du Norfolk (The Gallows Curse). French translation published by Sonatine.
Her modern thriller The White Room was shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 1997.
Company of Liars was shortlisted for the Macavity Award, for Best Historical Mystery in 2008.
The Owl Killers was shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Award, 2009, and also selected by the ALA (American Library Association) as one of the best Historical Novels of 2010.
Books by Karen Maitland
- The Vanishing Witch
- Company of Liars
- The Owl Killers
- The Gallows Curse
- Falcons of fire and ice
- The Vanishing Witch
- The Raven's Head
- The Plague Charmer
- Liars and Thieves
- The Dangerous Arts of Alchemy
- Wicked Children
- The Sacred Stone (Medieval Murderers)
- Hill of Bones (Medieval Murderers)
- The First Murder (Medieval Murderers)
- The False Virgin (Medieval Murderers)
- The Deadliest Sin (Medieval Murderers)
- A Gathering of Ghosts