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Jan Edwards

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Jan Edwards grew up in Sussex but now lives in Staffordshire with her husband and various cats. Her obsession with crime fiction grew from borrowing Christie, Sayers and Doyle (long before she had an adult library card) and that love of golden-age crime has translated into the cosy historical crime series Bunch Courtney Investigation set among the Sussex Downs of WW2. Rose ‘Bunch’ Courtney becomes instrumental in solving local crime cases along with DCI William Wright.

After being (among other things) a bookseller, micro-ficher, motorcycle seller and Master Locksmith she ‘retired’ to write full time. She has short fiction in crime, folk horror and supernatural anthologies in UK and USA, and scripted sections of a Dr Who spin-off DVD. She is a past chair of the British Fantasy Society.

Other Awards

  • Arnold Bennett Book Prize
  • Karl Edward Wagner Award
  • BFA: Best Independent Press 2014; The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
  • Winchester Slim-Volume prize for her mainstream novel Sussex Tales
  • Count Down to Nothing’ :  Highly Commended in Potteries Prize for flash fiction.
  • ‘Otterburn’ (Short Listed for BFS Best Short Story Award)
  • Grey Magic for Cat Lovers  (Nominated for a BFS Best Short Story award)
  • The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards) (short listed Best Indie press 2015)
  • The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards) (short listed Best Indie press 2016)
  • The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, ed. Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber (nom. best anthology 2015)
  • The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic, ed. Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber (nom. best anthology 2014)

“The White Witch of Devil’s End”   film/DVD  garnered no less than 10 prestigious film awards! Here is the full “roll of honour”:

  • “Best Pro. Monologue – Long version” at Monologues & Poetry Int. Film Fest
  • Winner Best Web Series at Hollywood Blood Horror Fest
  • “Cert, of Achievement Web Series” at 4th Dimensions Film Fest
  • “Best Monologue to Damaris Hayman” at Moody Crab Film Fest
  • Finalist – Best Fantasy” at Prague Int. Film Fest
  • “Finalist – Best Web/TV Series” at Kosice Int. Film Fest
  • “Semi-Finalist – Director Web/TV series” at Best Director Award Fest
  • “Official Selection – Web and New Media” at Beyond Earth Film Fest

Books by Jan Edwards

  • Deadly Plot Deadly Plot


  • In Cases of Murder In Cases of Murder

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  • A Small Thing For Yolanda A Small Thing For Yolanda


  • Listed Dead Listed Dead


  • Winter Downs Winter Downs


  • In Her Defence In Her Defence

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