Jessica Mann was born and went to school in London, then took degrees in Archaeology and Anglo Saxon at Newnham College, Cambridge and 10 years later, as a mature student, in law at Leicester University. Jessica started writing what she liked (and still likes) reading - crime fiction - and her first book, A Charitable End, came out in 1973. Since then she has published 21 crime novels, 2 non-fiction books, thousands of articles and book reviews and a book about Godrevy Lighthouse written with her husband, the archaeologist Charles Thomas.
As a journalist she has written for national newspapers, weeklies and glossy magazines, and she has been a regular broadcaster on programmes including Any Questions, Question Time, Woman's Hour, Round Britain Quiz and so on. Jessica is the crime fiction critic for the Literary Review. Jessica and Charles have 2 sons, 2 daughters, 11 grandchildren and live in Cornwall. To keep up with what Jessica is writing, take a look at her website and her blog.