M W Craven

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aka Mike Craven

Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army when he turned sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years, he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army and completed a degree in social work, with specialisms in criminology, psychology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

Between leaving the army and securing his first publishing deal, Mike found time to keep a pet crocodile, breed snakes, survive cancer and get married. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, and his springer spaniel, Bracken.

Genres: Mystery
M W Craven recommends
Dead Man's Prayer (2016)
(DI Frank Farrell, book 1)
Jackie Baldwin
"British crime fiction has a rising star. DI Frank Farrell is flawed, layered and utterly compelling. The plot is intriguing, the supporting characters well-rounded, and the psychology of Catholicism is subtle and effective. A great read."
A Wanted Man (2017)
(Ben Braken, book 1)
Rob Parker
"One of the UK's finest thriller writers."
Lucifer Falls (2018)
(DI Charlie George, book 1)
Colin Falconer
"Dripping with authenticity. Packed full of characters you genuinely care about . . . An absolute triumph."
The Plotters (2018)
Un-su Kim
"In a terrifying, not unimaginable dystopian Seoul, guilds, plotters and assassins jostle for supremacy . . . Violent, clever and funny, I loved it!"
Blood for Blood (2019)
(Ziba Mackenzie, book 1)
Victoria Selman
"Ziba MacKenzie is tough, smart and funny—I loved her!"
Flowers Over the Inferno (2019)
(Teresa Battaglia, book 1)
Ilaria Tuti
"Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years; flawed but full of heart, sarcastic yet still commanding loyalty from her team. Flowers over the Inferno is an astonishing debut."
To the Lions (2019)
(Casey Benedict, book 1)
Holly Watt
"Tightly plotted, frighteningly plausible and packed with insider-knowledge, To the Lions is an astonishing debut. Holly Watt has written something really special."
The Nudge Man (2019)
(Harry Vaughan, book 1)
Keith Nixon
"Packed with the author’s trademark wit, The Nudge Man is a seriously good, mind-bendingly twisty novel, and cements Nixon’s place among the upper echelon of British crime writers."
The Man on the Street (2019)
(Jimmy Mullen, book 1)
Trevor Wood
"Intricate, expertly paced with a shocking conclusion. The dialogue is on-point, the narrative is flawless and Jimmy is a character you root for from page one. Believe me when I say this, Trevor Wood has a bright future in the world of crime fiction. Simply superb."
Alice Teale is Missing (2019)
H A Linskey
"Alice Teale Is Missing is my kind of book. With exemplary prose and relentless plotting, Linskey puts shocking small town secrets under the microscope with superb results. The fresh-faced Beth Winter and the misanthropic Lucas Black are a pairing that shouldn't work but absolutely do. Dogged and intuitive, they are beating heart of this story and I can't wait to see where Linskey takes them next."
Nine Elms (2019)
(Kate Marshall, book 1)
Robert Bryndza
"Bryndza is my type of author and Nine Elms is my type of book. Twisty, dark and layered with a protagonist you root for from page one, this is a superb start to what promises to be another stand out series."
Beast (2019)
(Six Stories, book 4)
Matt Wesolowski
"Disturbing, compelling and atmospheric, it will terrify and enthral you in equal measure."
Payback (2019)
(DI Charley Mann, book 1)
R C Bridgestock
"A compelling story with a procedural authencity that few authors can match."
Curse the Day (2020)
(Michael North, book 2)
Judith O'Reilly
"Relentlessly plotted with a blistering pace, Curse the Day is a sharply drawn, gleefully witty conspiracy thriller. Tackling tomorrow's nightmare today, this is a superb novel."
Dead Perfect (2020)
(Maggie Jamieson, book 3)
Noelle Holten
"Nobody understands the criminal mind better."

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