Minette Walters won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of 1992, with her debut novel, The Ice House. Rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the most exciting crime novelists writing today, her second novel, The Sculptress, was acclaimed by critics as one of the most compelling and powerful novels of the year and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for the best crime novel published in America in 1993. In 1994 Minette Walters achieved a unique triple when The Scold's Bridle was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year. Her following novels The Dark Room, The Echo and The Shape of Snakes were also published to further critical acclaim throughout the world.
Minette Walters lives in Dorset with her husband and two children. She has worked as a magazine editor but is now a full-time writer.