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  • Bibliography:
    83 Books - 3 Series
  • First Book:
    January 1991
  • Latest Book:
    August 2023
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Full Series List in Order

Harry Devlin

1 - All the Lonely People (1991)
2 - Suspicious Minds (1992)
3 - I Remember You (1993)
4 - Yesterday's Papers (1994)
5 - Eve of Destruction (1996)
6 - The Devil in Disguise (Sep-1998)
7 - First Cut is the Deepest (Sep-2012)
8 - Waterloo Sunset (Apr-2008)

A Lake District Mystery

1 - The Coffin Trail (Oct-2004)
2 - The Cipher Garden (Nov-2005)
3 - The Arsenic Labyrinth (Jan-2007)
4 - Serpent Pool (Feb-2010)
5 - The Hanging Wood (Apr-2011)
6 - Frozen Shroud (Apr-2013)
7 - The Dungeon House (Sep-2015)
8 - The Girl They All Forgot (Jun-2022)

Rachel Savernake

1 - Gallows Court (Sep-2018)
2 - Mortmain Hall (Apr-2020)
3 - Blackstone Fell (Sep-2022)
4 - The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge (Aug-2023)

Book List in Order: 83 titles


    • / Law Enforcement
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    Many mystery authors have launched their careers with notable first novels, and Martin Edwards is no exception. His first book introduced his series character, lawyer Harry Devlin and the city and characters he lives with every day in Liverpool, Engl...



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    Harry Devlin is at it again, when he's asked to help his client, Jack Stirrup find out the truth of his missing wife's whereabouts. Has she been murdered? And if so, is Jack Stirrup guilty? Harry is just beginning to unravel the details when Stirrup'...



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    When Liverpool solicitor Harry Devlin watches fire destroy the studio of his client, tattooist Finbar Rogan, he suspects it is no accident. And when a bomb is planted under Finbar's car, Harry is left in no doubt. Someone hates Finbar enough to want ...



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    On Leap Year Day in 1964, an attractive teenager called Carole Jeffries was strangled in a Liverpool park. The killing caused a sensation: Carole came from a prominent political family and her pop musician boyfriend was a leading exponent of the Mers...



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    Martin Edwards . . . writes terrific crime novels about Harry Devlin, a charming but down-at-heel solicitor with bruised emotions, a nice line in self-deprecation, and a penchant for Mersey low-life."―The Guardian

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  • This is the very first collection of fact and fiction to be compiled exclusively by crime writers living and working in the North of England. The diversity of the contents shows the exciting range of talent in the region. Whether your taste is for su...





  • Following on from the first CWA anthology, Perfectly Criminal, whose story Herbert in Motion by Ian Rankin won the 1996 CWA Short Story Dagger, this thrilling collection focuses on the elusive 'why?' behind the crime. This theme has inspired many con...



  • Harry Devlin is hired by the Kavanaugh Trust to contest the will of their late patron. Charles Kavanaugh has left everything to his new housekeeper, Vera Blackhurst. Then the current Chairman of the Trust is found dead, fallen from a third-floor hote...






  • Following the first two CWA anthologies from Severn House, Perfectly Criminal, whose story Herbert in Motion by lan Rankin won the 1996 CWA Short Story Dagger, and Whydunit?: Perfectly Criminal II, whose story On the Psychiatrist's Couch by Reginald ...



  • Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

    "As with the best of such compilations, readers of classic mysteries will relish discovering unfamiliar authors, along with old favorites such as Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterto...



  • Entertaining, inventive and full of quality, the Crime Writers' Association short story anthologies demonstrates the impressive diversity of the crime genre and the skill of the writers who choose to make crime writing their art. Contributors include...



  • Kevin Jones knows that he is destined for greater things than football, drinking and the backseat of his red Cortina - but he doesn't expect what destiny has in mind for him. Particularly when destiny comes in the shape of a talking Guernsey cow. Thr...



  • This first in a series of anthologies sponsored by the British Crime Writers Association features 22 short stories with urban themes. The editor notes that he was looking for stories that offered imaginative takes on the familiar idea of big-city cri...



  • in Death By Dickens

    The plot Dickens... In the pages of his novels, Charles Dickens railed against injustice in all its forms--the miserliness of Ebenezer Scrooge, the indifference of the aristocracy, the cruelty of Fagin. He captured the bitter unfairness of the cla...



  • The official 2004 anthology of the Crime Writers' Association, Green for Danger, edited by Martin Edwards, gathers 20 mostly original stories by such British mystery masters as Ruth Rendell, Peter Lovesey and Robert Barnard. The unifying theme is `cr...



  • Lawyer turned writer Nic Gabriel is intrigued when his friend Dylan Rees starts to tell him a cryptic story about the connections between some strange and sudden deaths. So he can't resist the opportunity to meet up with his friend and hear some more...



  • "...a beautifully-evoked sense of the Lake District and an interesting and diverse group of characters. Martin Edwards got plenty of kudos for his Harry Devlin series, and he should get even more for this one. His DCI Hannah Scarlett is a fine cre...



  • Ever since its creation, the Crime Writers’ Association has championed the very best in murder and mystery. Now, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this esteemed organization, Mysterious Pleasures showcases the short stories of some of its most...






  • Crime fiction and travel go together like Watson and Holmes, Poirot and Hastings, and Rebus and Edinburgh. Murder in and around trains, planes and automobiles has always been a rich source of inspiration for mystery writers and here the boundaries ar...



  • "Nearly every page yields new revelations in this delectable village caper." ―Publishers Weekly

    Warren Howe is surprised by a hooded visitor while working in a garden in Old Sawrey, a lovely village in England's Lake District. Soon it is W...



  • With the threat of identity theft ever on the rise, this anthology from the Crime Writers Association is both timely and fascinating, exploring this disturbing modern day crime phenomenon in more than 20 chilling tales. Featuring such leading crime w...




  • After 10 years, Guy--a drifter with a taste for deception--has returned to Coniston in England's Lake District. A local journalist, Tony di Venuto, is campaigning to revive interest in the disappearance of Emma Bestwick, and Guy knows what happened t...



  • "Edwards skillfully weaves the strands together [in] this twisty whodunit." ―Publishers Weekly

    This atmospheric, fast-moving and intricate thriller features Harry Devlin, one of modern crime fiction's most memorable amateur detectives, in ...



  • While this fictional recreation of one of the early 20th century’s most notorious crimes ranks among Edwards’s best work, it has the misfortune to follow two superior books on the subject: Erik Larson’s nonfiction Thunderstruck ...



  • DCI Hannah Scarlett is determined to uncover the truth behind Emily Friend's mysterious drowning in the Serpent Pool. But Hannah's distracted by a new sergeant with a troublesome reputation, a new house, and new cause to doubt her partner--second han...



  • From a fish that can't help but dispense his own kind of justice to an assassin handling a misogynistic client, these tales of crime from a distinguished selection of British writers demonstrate that, for some, there's no going against their own natu...



  • Twenty years ago, a teenage boy, Callum Hinds, went missing in England’s Lake District. His uncle was suspected of having done the boy harm and interviewed by the police. When he committed suicide close to his cottage in the Hanging Wood, everyone ...






  • Best Eaten Cold and Other Stories showcases a group of highly regarded, award-winning crime writers who all share a special passion for crime, which is reflected in this superb new volume. Funny and sad, atmospheric and dark, ingenious and frightenin...



  • When Indonesia's Minister of Agriculture discovers, in the run up to the Presidential elections, that the country's usual sugar stockpile is in short supply, the government's principal concern shifts to the replenishment of this staple commodity i...



  • Original stories from members of the Crime Writers’ Association, with a foreword by Peter James - A woman mislays her new husband . . . The lure of notoriety proves too tempting for a small-time antiques thief . . . A butler keeps a close eye on a...



  • Best Eaten Cold and Other Stories showcases a group of highly regarded, award-winning crime writers who all share a special passion for crime, which is reflected in this superb volume. Funny and sad, atmospheric and dark, ingenious and frightening, e...



  • Harry Devlin is playing a dangerous game when he gets involved with the wife of Liverpool's most ruthless villain. But he has another reason to look over his shoulder after two lawyers are brutally killed and Harry discovers he is being stalked by a ...



  • Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England's Lake District, each time on Hallowe'en. Just before the First World War, a young woman's corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost - the Faceles...



  • To celebrate the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Jubilee, a collection of original stories from distinguished members of the CWA especially commissioned for this volume This title provides an eclectic collection of short stories from members ...



  • Severn House is proud to be publishing a collection of new stories from the glittering talent of the members of the Crime Writers’ Association: FRANCES BRODY N.J. COOPER BERNIE CROSTHWAITE CAROL ANNE DAVIS MARTIN EDWARDS KATE ELLIS JANE FINNIS CHRI...



  • The New Mysteries-Book of Sherlock Holmes brings together for the first time all the Sherlock Holmes stories written by award-winning crime author Martin Edwards. David Stuart Davies, one of the world’s leading Sherlockians, contributes an introduc...



  • Martin Edward's 'Acknowledgments' is the winning story of the Crime Writers' Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition, 2014. Julia Jones, one of the founders and judges of the competition, called it a 'worthy first winner' and said that ...






  • This real-life detective story investigates how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction. Detective stories of the Twenties and Thirties have long been stereotyped as cozily conventional. Nothing could...



  • With its fascinating mix of people -- rich and poor, British and foreign, worthy and suspicious -- London is a city where anything can happen. The possibilities for criminals and for the crime writer are endless. London has been home to many of ficti...



  • Holidays offer us the luxury of getting away from it all. So, in a different way, do detective stories. This collection of vintage mysteries combines both those pleasures. From a golf course at the English seaside to a pension in Paris, and from a Sw...



  • The magnificent Dungeon House and gardens overlook Cumbria's remote western coast with its mix of beaches, dunes, and fells, Roman ruins, and nuclear plant. Twenty years ago the wealthy Whiteleys called it home. But not a happy one. Malcolm Whiteley ...



  • Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

    "Like an assortment of presents under a Christmas tree, there's something for everyone in this Yule-themed reprint anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series from Edwards....



  • Christmas is a mysterious, as well as magical, time of year. Strange things can happen, and this helps to explain the hallowed tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireside as the year draws to a close. Christmas tales of crime and detection...



  • The English country house is an iconic setting for some of the greatest British crime fiction. This new collection gathers together stories written over a span of about 65 years, during which British society, and life in country houses, was transform...



  • The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.... Think of the deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, year in, year out, in such places, a...



  • Following the great success of 2015's Gothic Fantasy, deluxe edition short story compilations, Ghosts, Horror and Science Fiction, this latest in the series is packed with detectives, mystery and murder. Whodunnits and mysteries from classic authors ...



  • CRIMSON SNOW brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter. Welcome to a world of Father Christmases behaving oddly, a famous fictional detective in a Yuletide drama, mysterious tracks in the snow, and some very unpleasant carol singers...







  • Locked-room mysteries and other impossible crime stories have been relished by puzzle-lovers ever since the invention of detective fiction. Fiendishly intricate cases were particularly well suited to the cerebral type of detective story that became s...



  • Impossible crime stories have been relished by puzzle-lovers ever since the invention of detective fiction. Fiendishly intricate cases were particularly well suited to the cerebral type of detective story that became so popular during the ‘golden a...



  • This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than many critics have suggested. To illustrate this, the leading expert ...



  • In classic British crime fiction, dazzling detective work is often the province of a brilliant amateur -- whereas the humble police detective cuts a hapless figure. The twelve stories collected here strike a blow for the professionals, with teasing m...



  • Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Pol...



  • EDITED AND INTRODUCED BY MARTIN EDWARDS Today, translated crime fiction is in vogue -- but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality. Often these ...



  • The twenty brand new crime stories in this book have been specially commissioned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, described by the Guardian as "one of the 50 best festivals in the world." Contributors come from around the world and in...



  • A signalman is found dead by a railway tunnel. A man identifies his wife as a victim of murder on the underground. Two passengers mysteriously disappear between stations, leaving behind a dead body. Trains have been a favorite setting of many crime w...



  • Edwards skillfully weaves the strands together [in] this twisty whodunit." -Publishers Weekly "Edwards, ever the professional, plots densely but lucidly and includes a surprisingly logical killer." -Kirkus Reviews A notice announcing that Harry Devli...



  • 'Superb'

    LEE CHILD.

    LONDON, 1930. Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths " the details too foul to print " has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are...



  • A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman's watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned amidst the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street's Christmas shopping. And lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder. This collection of m...



  • Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder From picturesque canals to the swirling currents of the ocean, a world of secrets lies buried beneath the surface of the water. Dubious vessels crawl along riverbeds, while the murky depths...



  • A Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman's watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned amidst the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street's Christmas shopping. Lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder. This collecti...



  • Forensic dentistry; precise examination of ballistics; an expertise in apiology to identify the exact bee which killed the victim? The detective's role may be simple; solve the case and catch the culprit, but when the crime is fiendishly well-...



  • Who can we turn to, if justice betrays us? 1930. A chilling encounter on London's Necropolis Railway leads to murder. At the Old Bailey, a man accused of a "blazing car" killing escapes the gallows after a surprise witness give sensati...



  • Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

    "The detective story is a game between two players, the author...and the reader."―Ronald Knox

    From the squash court to the golf links, the football pitch to the swimming pool ...



  • Vintage Crimes will be a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members' work over the years. The book will gather stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a ...



  • Two dead bodies and a Christmas stocking weaponised. A Postman murdered delivering cards on Christmas morning. A Christmas tree growing over a forgotten homicide. It's the most wonderful time of the year, except for the victims of these shocking and ...



  • "An unusually rewarding anthology whose most dangerous species remain Homo sapiens." -- Kirkus ReviewsFeline friends, canine companions and aviary associates are often the truest reflections of their owners and have played a crucial role in classic ...




  • With Martin Edwards as librarian and guide, delve into an irresistible stack of bibliomysteries, where “golden age"inspired puzzle masters [are] doing what they do best: bringing together readers, books, and felonies [in] perhaps the single best ...



  • "Exceptional fourth anthology of golden age Christmas-themed mysteries" -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review A Postman murdered while delivering cards on Christmas morning. A Christmas pine growing over a forgotten homicide. A Yuletide heist gone hor...



  • Murder Squad, a group of award-winning crime and mystery writers, celebrate their twenty-first birthday with a bang in this criminally good collection of short stories. A dawn swim turns deadly in a brand-new short story starring DCI Vera Stanhope ...



  • The Annual Crime Writers' Association anthology is always a thrilling read, and eagerly anticipated by readers and authors of crime and mystery fiction worldwide.Music of the Night is a new anthology of original short stories contributed by Crime Wri...



  • A novella that introduces book detective Benny Morgan from the acclaimed, multiple award"winning author of the Lake District Mystery series.   Book collecting seems a rather harmless hobby -- unless it's someone like Felix de Lisle doing the c...



  • From the Highlands to the borders, the bustling cities to the remote isles in cold seas, the unique landscapes and locales of Scotland have long inspired writers of the very best Golden Age mysteries. Beginning with the adventures of Sherlock Holmes ...



  • CWA Dagger and Edgar award-winning author Martin Edwards takes readers back to The Lake District after seven years with a cunningly layered mystery that Publishers Weekly calls a “skillful combination of procedural and whodunnit.”"Life is certain...



  • Running the length and breadth of the British Isles, this illustrated map and guide plots 51 real-life locations from books and stories from the Golden Age Of Detective Fiction – the period roughly between the end of the first world war and the...




  • Rachel Savernake investigates bizarre crimes and a baffling locked-room puzzle in this Gothic mystery from the winner of the Diamond Dagger. Autumn 1930. As the nights draw in, Jacob Flint attends a séance. He's intending to investigate fr...



  • C. Daly King’s debut mystery is a tale of murder, travel, and psychiatry set aboard a luxury transatlantic linerThe smoking room on a transatlantic cruise ship is bound to be a hotbed of activity — but it’s less common for it to be ...





  • Rachel Savernake investigates a bizarre locked-room puzzle in this delicious Gothic mystery from the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger.1930. Nell Fagan is a journalist on the trail of an intriguing and bizarre mystery: in 1606, a man vanished from a l...


Award-Winning Books by Martin Edwards

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
2018 Macavity Award -- Nonfiction


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Martin Edwards has published 83 books.

The next book by Martin Edwards, The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge, will be published in August 2023.

The first book by Martin Edwards, All the Lonely People, was published in January 1991.

Yes. Martin Edwards has 3 series.