Crime Writers’ Association elects Victorian crime specialist to take over from Martin Edwards
Stratmann (pictured) said: "I’m delighted to become Chair of an association which continues to grow and now has more members, in the UK and overseas, than ever before. It’s an honour to follow in the footsteps of Martin Edwards, who deservedly earned a special vote of thanks at the AGM for his dedicated work for the CWA, and many other distinguished writers including Lindsey Davies, Peter Lovesey and Simon Brett." Jean Briggs was elected vice-chair.
Stratmann writes two fiction series, both set in Victorian times: the Frances Doughty Mysteries set in 1880s Bayswater, featuring a determined lady detective who battles wily criminals and prejudices about suitable roles for women. In the second series, set in 1870s Brighton, Mina Scarletti, who has scoliosis, is a diminutive writer of horror stories who exposes the activities of fraudulent spirit mediums.
Stratmann has been a guest panellist at Crimefest Bristol since 2011, a guest on radio shows and appeared in two television documentaries on the history of anaesthesia and two editions of the Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook. She also writes non-fiction.