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Ann Cleeves is the author of over 30 critically acclaimed novels. In 2017 she was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest accolade in crime writing. She is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez. The TV series (ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland) and the books have become international sensations. Cleeves is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. She is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.

Ann Cleeves