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M.W. Craven
Born Mike Craven
1968 (age 53–54)
Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Writer

Mike W. Craven (born 1968) is an English crime writer. He is the author of the Washington Poe series and the DI Avison Fluke series. In 2019 his novel The Puppet Show won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award.[1]


Craven was born in Carlisle and grew up in Newcastle.[2] He joined the British Army at the age of 16.[3] After two and a half years' training as an armourer, he spent 10 years travelling the world with the army. In 1995, he left the army and began a degree in social work, specialising in criminology, psychology, and substance misuse, before joining the Cumbria Probation Service in Whitehaven as a probation officer.[4] After 16 years of service, with the rank of assistant chief executive, he accepted redundancy, and became a full-time author.[3]


  • 2013 CWA Debut Dagger shortlist for Born in a Burial Gown.[5]
  • 2019 CWA Gold Dagger winner for The Puppet Show.[1][6]
  • 2020 CWA Gold Dagger longlist for Black Summer.[7][8]
  • 2021 CWA Gold Dagger longlist for The Curator.[9]

Personal life

Craven lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, and his springer spanieldisambiguation needed, Bracken.[4]


Avison Fluke series

Order Title Year
1 Born in a Burial Gown 2015
2 Body Breaker 2017
Short stories Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything 2015

Washington Poe series

Order Title Year
1 The Puppet Show 2018
2 Black Summer 2019
3 The Curator 2020
4 Dead Ground 2021
5 The Botanist 2022 (expected)
Short stories Cut Short 2020


Craven's work has been well received in publications such as The Times,[10] Woman & Home,[11] Female First,[12] Whispering Stories,[13][14] and What's Good To Read[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "M. W. Craven". 
  2. "Dead Ground: The Sunday Times bestselling thriller". 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "M.W. Craven". 2021. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "M W Craven". 2021. 
  5. "CWA Winners Archive". 
  6. "Carlisle author Mike Craven wins the most prestigious award in crime writing". 2019-11-04. 
  7. "The Gold Dagger". 
  8. "Crime author longlisted for prestigious writers award". 2020-06-20. 
  9. "The Gold Dagger". 
  10. "The best crime fiction for June 2020 — rich or poor, they’ve got plenty to hide". 2020-06-10. 
  11. "The best book club books that get conversation (and wine) flowing". 2021-05-25. 
  12. "Review: Dead Ground by M. W. Craven". 2021-06-02. 
  13. "The Curator by M. W. Craven – Book Review". 2020-06-14. 
  14. "The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven – Book Review". 2019-01-28. 
  15. "Dead Ground by M.W. Craven Review". 

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