M. W. Craven Is Back With His Latest Cumbrian-Based Thriller ‘The Curator’

By Rachael Grealish

Award winning author M. W. Craven is back with the latest installment in the Washington Poe series, The Curator.

The debut novel of the series, The Puppet Show, won the 2019 CWA Gold Dagger, has sold in numerous foreign territories and has been optioned for TV by Studio Lambert.

‘Craven more than deserved the CWA Gold Dagger for The Puppet Show, and this novel [The Curator] is just as dazzling!’ Holly Watt, 2019 CWA Silver Dagger winner

As a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria, Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are called in to investigate.

Why were some victims anaesthetised, while others died in appalling agony?

Why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

Faced with a case that makes no sense and a strange message left at each scene Poe and Bradshaw struggle to make the pieces fit while their only suspect is denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of.

When a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all.

She thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself ‘The Curator’ and nothing will ever be the same again.

‘Intelligent. Sophisticated. Intriguing. Poe and Bradshaw are a memorable duo no crime fiction fan should miss. Mike Craven is an impressive crime writer. The Curator demonstrates why.’ Mari Hannah

A brand-new voice in British crime fiction, M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, joining the army at sixteen.

A decade later he left the forces to complete a social work degree before spending 17 years as a probation officer in Cumbria – rising to the rank of assistant chief officer.

Author of the Avison Fluke novels, Born in a Burial Ground (shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger) and Body Breaker, M. W. Craven has also been shortlisted for the Goldsboro Glass Bell Award and an Amazon Reader Award.

The Curator is out now in hardback and can be found at Waterstones and on Amazon.