Original Sins

Original Sins

A Crime Writers' Association Anthology

By Martin Edwards (Editor); Simon Brett (Contribution by); Ann Cleeves (Contribution by)

Severn House Publishers, Hardcover, 9780727869999, 229pp.

Publication Date: March 2011


An anthology of crime from a distinguished selection of British writers - A verger's son, whose childhood playground was a graveyard, remembers a night best forgotten . . . Two drug addicts find that theft does not pay . . . A corrupt politician charges a curious vehicle to his expenses . . . The latest showcase of shorts from the CWA takes readers on a twisted route to the origin of evil: original sin. From a fish that can't help but dispense his own kind of justice, to an assassin handling a misogynistic client, these tales demonstrate that, for some, there's no going against their own nature.

About the Author
Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer best known for his series of novels set in Liverpool and the Lake District. He is series consultant for British Library Crime Classics as well as being a member of the Murder Squad collective of crime writers, a member of the Crime Writers Association committee, and archivist of the Detection Club.

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. He is the author of the much-loved Fethering mysteries, Charles Paris series and the Mrs Pargeter novels. In 2014 he was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence and contribution to crime writing. He lives in an Agatha Christie-style village in the South Downs.

Ann Cleeves was working as a cook in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle when she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. She began writing her first series of crime novels here featuring the elderly naturalist, George Palmer-Jones. She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and works as associate trainer with the reader development organization, Opening the Book. She is reader-in-residence for Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and her reading passion is crime in translation. Ann has twice before been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award - once for her short story "The Plater," and again for the Dagger in the Library award. Her short film for Border TV, Catching Birds, won a Royal Television Society Award.