Dreda Say Mitchell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Spare Room, the Gangland Girls and Flesh and Blood series, as well as the DI Rio Wray thrillers Vendetta and Death Trap. Her debut was awarded the CWA's John Creasey Dagger and she chaired the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival in 2011. Since her sixth book she has been co-writing with Tony Mason. She has been a frequent guest on television and radio including Question Time, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row, Woman's Hour and numerous others. She has also presented Radio 4's Open Book. Dreda was named one of Britain's 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She was born and raised in the East End of London where she continues to live.