The Shape of Snakes is Minette Walters' latest novel following on from 1998's international bestseller, The Breaker. Her books are familiar to audiences worldwide through television adaptions of the Scold's Bridle, The Echo and The Dark Room.
Minette began her writing career as a sub-editor on the British Women's Weekly, then switched to writing romance novels, produced by the magazine. She then married, had two children and wrote her first crime novel aged 40. Minette lives in Hampshire, England. She writes for 12 hours a day and has a vast library of books about criminology and psychology for research purposes. She has also been a voluntary prison visitor since 1989.