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Martin Edwards

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Martin Edwards received the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in UK crime writing, in 2020. His recent novels include Mortmain Hall and Gallows Court; the latter was nominated for two awards. 2022 sees the publication of his ground-breaking history of the genre, The Life of Crime. In 2018 he received the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded by UK librarians, for his body of work. He has won the Edgar, Agatha, Macavity (twice), and Poirot awards in the USA, and the CWA Short Story Dagger, CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and the H.R.F. Keating award (twice) in the UK. His latest Lake District Mystery is The Crooked Shore, published in 2021. The series began with The Coffin Trail (shortlisted for the Theakston’s prize for best British crime novel) and includes The Arsenic Labyrinth (shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year award) and The Crooked Shore. His first series featuring Liverpool lawyer Harry Devlin began with All the Lonely People, nominated for the John Creasey Memorial Dagger, and has recently been reissued.

The author of over 70 short stories, he has also edited 40 anthologies and published ten non-fiction books, including a study of crime scene investigation techniques and real life cases. A well-known critic and writer about the crime fiction genre, past and present, with The Golden Age of Murder exemplifying his knowledge of crime fiction and its authors in the 1920s and 1930s, Martin is President and Archivist of the world-famous Detection Club and a former Chair of the CWA. He is also series consultant to British Library’s highly successful series of crime classics, and has published The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. and Howdunit, two more award-winning books. Martin is a founder member of the Murder Squad collective of northern crime writers and is currently Archivist of the Crime Writers’ Association and editor of its annual anthology.

Other Awards

  • Red Herring Award – 2012 winner
  • Margery Allingham Short Story Competition – 2014 winner, with Acknowledgements
  • Edgar Allan Poe award from Mystery Writers of America
  • Agatha award from Malice Domestic
  • Two Macavity awards from Mystery Readers International
  • Two H.R.F. Keating awards from Crimefest
  • Poirot award from Malice Domestic

Books by Martin Edwards

  • I Remember You (Harry Devlin Novel) I Remember You (Harry Devlin Novel)

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  • The Golden Age of Murder The Golden Age of Murder

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  • The Hanging Wood The Hanging Wood

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  • Take My Breath Away Take My Breath Away

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  • Mortmain Hall

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  • Suspicious Minds (Harry Devlin Novel) Suspicious Minds (Harry Devlin Novel)

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  • The Coffin Trail The Coffin Trail

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  • Waterloo Sunset (Harry Devlin Novel) Waterloo Sunset (Harry Devlin Novel)

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  • The Serpent Pool The Serpent Pool

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  • The Lazarus Widow (with Bill Knox) The Lazarus Widow (with Bill Knox)

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  • The Cipher Garden The Cipher Garden

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  • Where Do You Find Your Ideas? And Other Stories Where Do You Find Your Ideas? And Other Stories

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  • The Frozen Shroud The Frozen Shroud

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  • First Cut is the Deepest (Harry Devlin Novel) First Cut is the Deepest (Harry Devlin Novel)

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  • Gallows Court

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  • The Devil in Disguise (Harry Devlin Novel) The Devil in Disguise (Harry Devlin Novel)

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  • The Arsenic Labyrinth The Arsenic Labyrinth

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  • Yesterday’s Papers Yesterday’s Papers

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  • The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

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  • Eve of Destruction (Harry Devlin Novel) Eve of Destruction (Harry Devlin Novel)

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  • All the Lonely People (Harry Devlin Novel) All the Lonely People (Harry Devlin Novel)

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  • Dancing for the Hangman Dancing for the Hangman

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  • The Life of Crime The Life of Crime

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  • Howdunit Howdunit

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  • The Crooked Shore The Crooked Shore

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