<p> Ann Cleeves was born in 1954 in England. She studied English at Sussex University. She then became a British crime-writer. In 2006 she won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger which is the richest crime-writing prize in the world, for her novel Raven Black. She also writes The Vera Stanhope novels which have been transformed into the TV detective series 'Vera'. Her Jimmy Perez novels are dramatozed as the TV series 'Shetland'. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)