Ann Cleeves is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved both in print and on screen – Vera on ITV and Shetland on BBC One. Her Vera Stanhope has been described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘one of the few fictional detectives who seems not only like a real person, but one capable of conducting a murder enquiry’.
Cleeves has written over 25 novels, the latest Stanhope novel is The Moth Catcher, to be published in September 2015, and the latest Shetland is Thin Air, which was published in 2014. The Shetland novels are in themed quartets – the first four connected were to seasons, and the next four with classical elements. Her books have now sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
Cleeves worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction.
In 2006, Cleeves was awarded Best Crime Novel at the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame.
Cleeves lives in North Tyneside.