Ruth Dudley Edwards is a historian and journalist as well as a mystery writer. The targets of her satirical crime novels include the gentlemens clubs, Cambridge University, the House of Lords, journalism and literary prizes. The British Crime Writers Association short-listed Corridors of Death for the John Creasy Award for best first novel, and Clubbed to Death and Ten Lords A-Leaping for their Last Laugh Award. She won the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for Murdering Americans in 2008 and in 2010 the CWA Non-fiction Gold Dagger for Aftermath: the Omagh bombings and the families pursuit of justice. Her twelfth mystery, Killing the Emperors, is a black comedy about conceptual art.