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Ruth describes herself as British-Irish and is comfortable with being culturally both Irish and English.
Ruth fell into crime writing by accident and unintentionally her novels have turned into affectionate satire on the British establishment. Targets have included the civil service (Corridors of Death), the House of Lords (Ten Lords a’Leaping), the Church of England (Murder in the Cathedral), and political correctness (Murdering Americans).
Her 2009 book Aftermath: the Omagh bombing and the families’ pursuit of justice won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award for non-fiction.
Martin Edwards is an accomplished criminal mind. Formerly a solicitor, he has published 18 crime novels, including the Lake District Series and eight novels featuring Liverpool lawyer Harry Devlin. He’s also a well-known crime fiction critic and his ground-breaking history of the subject between the wars The Golden Age of Murder was warmly reviewed and multi-award winning. Martin is Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and President of the Detection Club.
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