Martin’s Writing

Crime Novels

Martin’s latest novel is Gallows Court, a thriller set in 1930, described by Lee Child as: “Superb…the book Edwards was born to write”. His previous novels include The Dungeon House, the seventh Lake District Mystery, and Dancing for the Hangman, a fictional take on the Crippen case. His most recent Harry Devlin book is Waterloo Sunset The Arsenic Labyrinth was short-listed for Lakeland Book of the Year, and The Coffin Trail was short-listed for the Theakston’s prize for best crime novel of 2006). Martin earlier published seven novels set in Liverpool and featuring Harry Devlin. The first, All the Lonely People, was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger for the best first crime novel of the year. Take My Breath Away is a stand-alone novel of psychological suspense set in London. In addition he completed the The Lazarus Widow, the final novel by the late Bill Knox, featuring his Scottish detectives Thane and Moss.

Short Stories

Martin is an award-winning author of more than 60 short crime stories, some of which are collected in Where Do You Find Your Ideas? and other stories, which has an introduction by Reginald Hill. ‘Test Drive’ was short-listed for the CWA Dagger for Best Short Story of the year in 2005, and ‘The Bookbinder’s Apprentice’ won the Dagger for Best Short Story in 2008. In 2014 he published The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, an ebook with an introduction by David Stuart Davies which collects Martin’s pastiche Sherlock Holmes stories as well as several articles. In the same year, he was also awarded the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham Prize for his story ‘Acknowledgments’, which is to be published in an ebook by Bloomsbury.

Crime Anthologies

Martin has edited over thirty collections of crime writing, including (since 1996) the CWA’s annual collection. His anthologies have yielded many Dagger winners and nominees. He has also edited fourteen anthologies of classic crime for the British Library, along with Murder Squad, one of three collections featuring members of the Murder Squad crime writers’ collective, and with an introduction by Val McDermid.The second Murder Squad anthology, Best Eaten Cold and other stories included two stories which jointly won the CWA Short Story Dagger.

Writing about Crime Fiction

Martin is the author of the multi-award winning history of crime fiction between the wars, The Golden Age of Murder and the Macavity-winning The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. He has written about and reviewed crime fiction for numerous books, magazines, websites and blogs. His essays appear in collections such as 100 Great Detectives (ed. Maxim Jakubowski), Twentieth Century Crime, & Mystery Writers (third ed. Lesley Henderson; fourth ed. as St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers ed. Jay P. Pedersen) The Great Good Place? (ed. Peter Nover), Oxford Companion To Crime & Mystery Writing, (ed. Rosemary Herbert), The Good Fiction Guide (ed. Jane Rogers), The Encyclopaedia of British Crime Writing (ed. Barry Forshaw), Following the Detectives (ed. Maxim Jakubowski),Morphologies (ed. Ra Page) and Mysteries Unlocked (ed. Curtis Evans). He has written introductions for numerous books in the Black Dagger series, as well as for Bello’s omnibus of British crime fiction, and many titles in the British Library Crime Classics series, for which he is series consultant. He also introduced the reissues of Ask a Policeman and The Anatomy of Murder by the Detection Club and five books in the Detective Story Club published by Harper Collins, as well as books published by The Folio Society, Bello, Flame Tree Press, and Dean Street Press. He has also been a regular columnist for several publications.

True Crime

Martin is the editor of the acclaimed true crime anthology Truly Criminal, published in 2015. As well as occasional articles about true crime cases, he has written an illustrated book on how the police take a homicide case from crime scene to court. Its titles are: Catching Killers, Urge to Kill, and Motive to Murder, depending on whether you look at the UK, US or Australian editions!

Legal Writing

Martin has published seven legal books (two as co-author) as well as over 1000 articles for newspapers and magazines as diverse as The Times, Good Housekeeping, Car Mechanics, International Management and Amateur Gardening. He has also contributed to a number of multiple-author textbooks, mainly on his specialist subject of employment law. His Tottel’s Equal Opportunities Handbook is currently in its fourth edition.


Martin is a well-known reviewer of crime fiction and legal books. Many of his reviews appear on the Tangled Web UK site as well as on his blog ‘Do you write under your own name?’


Martin’s blog ‘Do You Write Under Your Own Name?’ started in October 2008 and is updated at least three times a week.