Twelve pictures, twelve tales of crime and mystery. Written by Murder Squad and their six accomplices, The Starlings & Other Stories is a collection of twelve short stories that uncover a world of intrigue, suspense and fear. Each story has been inspired by an image from the atmospheric and evocative Pembrokeshire collection of photographer David Wilson.

Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves

Author

Author of the Vera Stanhope novels, dramatized by ITV in the TV series Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn. Ann is also the author of the Shetland Island series of books adapted by the BBC into the TV series Shetland. The newest book in the Vera series, The Moth Catcher, is published by Macmillan in September 2015.

Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards

Author

Author of The Golden Age of Murder, a study of detective fiction between the wars, and of eighteen crime novels, including seven Lake District Mysteries.

Cath Staincliffe

Cath Staincliffe

Author

Award-winning author of Half the World Away, creator of Blue Murder and writes the Scott and Bailey Books.

Chris Simms

Chris Simms

Author

Author of a Manchester-based detective series starring DI Spicer, Chris Simms has been nominated for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year and Crime Writers’ Association Dagger awards for his novels and short stories.

Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis

Author

Kate Ellis has written many short stories and five Joe Plantaganet crime novels set in York. However, she is best known for her Devon based series combining past and present crimes and featuring archaeology graduate, DI Wesley Peterson, the latest of which is The Death Season.

Margaret Murphy

Margaret Murphy

Author

A Short Story Dagger winner with nine psychological novels published in her own name, and two forensic thrillers written as A.D. Garrett, the latest of which is Believe No One.

Valerie Laws

Valerie Laws

Author

Crime novelist, poet, playwright, creator of science poetry installations, and world famous for spray-painting poetry on live sheep to celebrate quantum theory.

Helena Edwards

Helena Edwards

Author

A new author whose first short story, ‘If Anything Happens to Me’ was recently published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

Mary Sharratt

Mary Sharratt

Author

Mary Sharratt is an American who lives in the Pendle region of Lancashire, the setting of her acclaimed novel, Daughters of the Witching Hill. Her forthcoming novel, The Dark Lady’s Mask, based on the dramatic life of Renaissance poet, Aemilia Bassano Lanier, will be published on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Author

A former journalist, Jim wrote his first book, The Water Clock, on his London train commute. A past winner of the CWA’s Dagger in the Library, Jim is now writing a new series for Penguin, the Peter Shaw novels..

Christine Poulson

Christine Poulson

Author

Author of the Cassandra James series of crime novels set in Cambridge. Her most recent book, Invisible, a suspense novel, was published by Accent Press in 2014.

Toby Forward

Toby Forward

Author

Toby Forward lives in Liverpool. He is the author of over twenty books for adults, young people and children, including the Carnegie Medal nominated Dragonborn, the first volume in ‘The Flaxfield Quartet’

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