Minette Walters is an English crime writer. She has worked as an Editor and Sub-Editor before becoming a full time writer. Her first full-length novel The Ice House was initially rejected before being acquired by Macmillan. It went on to win the CWA John Creasey Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel The Sculptress and her third novel The Scold's Bridle won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award and the CWA Gold Dagger Award respectively. The Sculptress also won the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel.
She was the first crime/thriller writer to win three major prizes with her first three books. Her first five novels were adapted for television by the BBC.