Lawyer takes Dagger to heart

Congratulations are due to Mace & Jones’s Martin Edwards. The firm’s head of employment also dabbles in crime writing and has just been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for the best short story of 2005. Past Dagger winners include such luminaries as John Le Carré, so Edwards is in good company.

The story for which he has been nominated is entitled Test Drive, a black comedy about a car salesman named Terry. But Edwards also pens full-length crime novels, and his latest, The Cipher Garden, is also due to blast into bookshops shortly.

According to the press release sent out about the Dagger nomination, Edwards’ “love of crime fiction was installed at an early age” thanks to watching films based on Agatha Christie stories.

“I became fascinated with the genre of the detective novel,” says Edwards, “working out the perfect crime and trying to establish who had carried it out.”

Is this any different from the world of the employment tribunal he inhabits during the day? wonders Tulkinghorn