Lindsey Davis is an English actress who was born and raised in Birmingham. She ran away to be a writer after earning an English degree at Oxford and working for the civil service for thirteen years. Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, Nemesis, and Alexandria are among her worldwide bestselling novels featuring ancient Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco. She also wrote Rebels and Traitors, a historical novel set during the English Civil War. Davis has been honored with the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association, as well as the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award.