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. Her television adaptation of her thriller, Death of a Hollow Man, was runner-up in the Edgards (US) Television Awards. But she is best known for her series of crime novels featuring Barnaby and Troy, later 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 shortlisted for the Best First Novel at both the Anthony and Agatha Awards. It has since been named as one of the best 100 crime novels of all time in the Hatchard’s Crime Companion and by the Crime Writers’ Association. She has written six further titles in this series and the last novel A Ghost in the Machine was published in 2004.