Judith Flanders was born in London, England, in 1959. She moved to Montreal, Canada, when she was two and spent her childhood there, apart from a year in Israel in 1972, where she signally failed to master Hebrew. After university, Judith returned to London and began working as an editor for various publishing houses. After this 17-year misstep, she began to write and in 2001 her first book, A Circle of Sisters, the biography of four Victorian sisters, was published to great acclaim, and nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. She continued writing on various themes connected to the Victorian era. Titles include The Victorian House, which was shortlisted for the British Book Awards History Book of the Year, and The Invention of Murder: how the Victorians revelled in death and detection and created modern crime which was shortlisted for the 2011 Crime Writers Association Non-fiction Dagger.
Making use of the knowledge gained from her years as an editor in 2014 A Murder of Magpies was published. This was the first of her series of murder mysteries featuring book editor Samantha Clair and along with Sam introduced her Goth assistant, her maddeningly capable mother and the handsome Inspector Field. The third in the series, A Cast of Vultures, was published this year.