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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, Thriller
New and upcoming books
October 2024

Nobody's Hero
(Ben Koenig, book 2)
Washington Poe
   1. The Puppet Show (2018)
   2. Black Summer (2019)
   3. The Curator (2020)
   Cut Short (2020)
   4. Dead Ground (2021)
   The Cutting Season (2022)
   5. The Botanist (2022)
   6. The Mercy Chair (2024)
Ben Koenig
   1. Fearless (2023)
   2. Nobody's Hero (2024)
Series contributed to
Afraid of the light
   3. Afraid of the Shadows (2021) (with others)
M W Craven recommends
The Last Murder at the End of the World (2024)
Stuart Turton
"The Last Murder at the End of the World is wildly inventive. Stuart Turton is a unique talent."
The Book of Doors (2024)
Gareth Brown
"The Book of Doors has everything - magic books, fascinating time loops, dreadful villains and likeable protagonists. Yet this is no children's book, this is a book aimed squarely at adults. It's clever, fast-paced and so very, very dark. I absolutely loved it."
The Good Liars (2023)
Anita Frank
"The Good Liars is not only a superb book, it's a clever book... It's claustrophobic, addictive and utterly compelling; I absolutely loved it. Highly recommended."

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Anthologies containing stories by M W Craven
Black is the Night (2022)
Stories Inspired by Cornell Woolrich
edited by
Maxim Jakubowski

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