Michael Russell’s novel ‘The City of Strangers’ was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger, 2014. Michael has written for most of his life, mainly in UK TV drama, including Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost. He is finally doing what he really wanted: writing novels. The Stefan Gillespie historical crime series (‘The City of Shadows’, ‘The City of Strangers’) is set in Ireland and in cities playing a part in WWII in the 30s and 40s: Danzig, New York, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, London, Rome. War and the rumour of war; an exploration of Ireland’s dark past and present; being neutral when there’s no neutrality; ordinary people pulled reluctantly into the darkness; a good yarn; the Wicklow Mountains (where Michael lives); a detective who can, when not investigating crimes his superiors would rather he didn’t, milk a cow and shear a sheep! The third Gillespie novel, ‘The City in Darkness’, set partly in Franco’s 40s Spain, will be published by Constable in 2016.