Lesley Thomson is a British novelist and creative writing tutor at West Dean College. Lesley second novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize. The Detective’s Daughter was Amazon UK’s longest running #1 in 2013. The Detective’s Daughter series has sold over 750K copies. The protagonist Stella Darnell is ‘one of the most original characters in British Crime Fiction’ Sunday Times. The Playground Murders, latest in the series, is as ‘compelling as its predecessors … A white-knuckle read’ A.N Wilson, The Tablet. Lesley has completed a standalone, Death of a Mermaid (May 2020).She lives with her partner and small poodle in Lewes.
Elly Griffiths is the pen name of Domenica de Rosa, a British crime novelist. She has written two series as Griffiths to date, one featuring Ruth Galloway, the other featuring Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto.
Elly Griffiths wrote four novels under her own name (Domenica de Rosa) before turning to crime with The Crossing Places, the first novel featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. The Crossing Places won the Mary Higgins Clark award and three novels in the series have been shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. The Stone Circle (Ruth #11) was published in February 2019 and was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. Elly also writes the Brighton Mysteries, set in the theatrical world of the 1950s. In 2016 Elly was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work. Her first standalone mystery, The Stranger Diaries, was a Richard and Judy book club selection and was the Times Crime Novel of the Year 2018. She has also recently published a children’s crime novel, A Girl Called Justice.