Caroline Graham was born 1931 into a working class family in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and educated at Nuneaton High School for Girls and the Open University. She went on to do an MA in Theatre Studies at Birmingham University.
She has written for radio, television and the theatre but is best known for her series of crime novels featuring Barnaby and Troy, televised as the Midsomer Murders. The first of these novels, The Killings At Badger’s Drift, won the McAvity Award for Best First Mystery Novel in 1988 and was also listed in Hatchard’s Crime Companion as one of the best 100 crime novels of all time. Her television adaptation of her thriller, Death of a Hollow Man, was runner-up in the Edgars (US) television awards.