Below you'll find details of the fantastic authors who joined us for our 2017 event.
We'll be starting to reveal our 2018 line-up from March so keep a look out!
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her crime novels have been translated into 34 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie's death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. Sophie’s novels The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level throughout the UK. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, two children and dog.
Barbara Nadel currently writes two crime fiction series. One, the Ikmen series, is set in Istanbul and the other, the Hakim and Arnold mysteries, are set in the East End of London. A psychology graduate, Barbara worked in psychiatric institutions for many years before becoming a full-time writer. In 2005 she won the CWA Silver Dagger for her Ikmen book 'Deadly Web' as well as the Swedish Flintaxe for historical fiction in 2006. A regular contributor to the internationalcrimeauthors.com blog she is also a crime fiction agony aunt known as Mary Mystery and a new writer mentor for Barking and Dagenham Libraries. She lives in Essex with her husband in a house they are allowed to inhabit by Lily their Siamese cat.
Kevin Wignall is the best-selling author of seven novels, a young-adult trilogy and a number of acclaimed short stories. One of his stories (“Retrospective”) and one of his novels (“The Hunter’s Prayer”) have been turned into films, and he’s been short-listed for the Edgar and Barry Awards (for “Who is Conrad Hirst?”), and the CWA Short Story Dagger (for “Retrospective”).
Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance to spend a pre-university gap year working in the far wild west of Iceland in the days before fax machines. For a variety of reasons, the gap year turned into a gap decade, during which he went native, working as a netmaker, factory hand and as a trawlerman. Returning to England, complete with a family acquired in Iceland, he fell largely by accident into journalism and from there it was a sidestep into fiction and from there into translation.
His novels are set in Iceland and include Chilled to the Bone, Cold Steal, Winterlude and Thin Ice. He has also translated books by Ragnar Jónasson and Lilja Sigurðardóttir, published by Orenda Books. He is currently working on a new novel and several translations, including Indriði G Thorsteinsson’s Taxi 79, due to be published next year by Williams and Whiting.
Sarah Ward is the author of two DC Childs novels, In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. Her third book in the series, A Patient Fury, is out in September. On her blog, Crimepieces (www.crimepieces.com), she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world, and she has also reviewed for Euro Crime and CrimeSquad. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels.
Lancaster's master of the macabre is well known for marking his home town's place on the horror map of the United Kingdom. His Sam Spallucci books, with their quirky blend of urban fantasy film noir and dry humour, have gained a cult following over the last few years with fans journeying from around the country to see where reality meets an ever expanding universe of vampires, werewolves, angels and a plethora of other supernatural characters.
His latest outing for Lancaster's beleaguered investigator of the paranormal, Sam Spallucci: Shadows Of Lancaster, has been a resounding hit with its readers. Its bondage-loving banshees, grotesque graffiti and gambling ghosts, along with a modern take on the Pendle witch trials, have really given his readers something to get their teeth into as well as paving the way for old friends and new adversaries to return in 2017's Sam Spallucci: Dark Justice.
Zoë Sharp was brought up living aboard a catamaran in the marina at Glasson, just south of Lancaster. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. An autodidact with a love of language, house renovation and improvised weaponry, she started writing crime thrillers after receiving death-threats in the course of her career as a photojournalist. Her award-winning series features ex-soldier turned bodyguard Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox, described by the Chicago Tribune as “Ill-tempered, aggressive and borderline psychotic, Fox is also compassionate, introspective and highly principled: arguably one of the most enigmatic—and coolest—heroines in contemporary genre fiction” and “Bloody brilliant” by the New York Times. Sharp has also penned various standalones, including collaborations with espionage author John Lawton, and is an acclaimed short story writer. Lee Child said of Sharp: “If I were a woman, I'd be Zoë Sharp, and if Jack Reacher were a woman, he'd be Charlie Fox.” The latest in the series is FOX HUNTER, set in contemporary Iraq, described as “Gritty, hard-hitting, all-round outstanding crime fiction” in a Booklist starred review. Sign up to Zoë Sharp’s occasional e-newsletter to get a free digital copy of FOX FIVE: the Charlie Fox Short Story Collection. www.ZoeSharp.com
Beth writes in a light-hearted, comedic style. Her first short story, 'Strange Times in Little Happining', was, initially inspired by her love of the classic murder mystery set in a sleepy English village, but she decided that she would give the story a bit of a different slant, by interweaving it with her other favourite genre, science fiction and adding her fascination with history and archaeology into the mix to produce a cross genre murder mystery. She is currently working on a sequel which she hopes to finish this year
Times critic Marcel Berlins says, ‘William Shaw is a superb, flowing writer, both of police procedure and personal relations, and perhaps England’s most adept at using dialogue to propel his always intelligent stories.’ The fourth in William Shaw’s Breen & Tozer detective series, Sympathy for The Devil, was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim.
His recent standalone novel, The Birdwatcher, was set in Dungeness, and picked as ‘a contender for thriller of the year’ by The Sun; CJ Sansom described it as a, ‘a superb description of a haunting, blighted landscape,’ while Peter May hailed it as, ‘the most gripping book I have read in years.’
Before becoming a crime writer, William Shaw was an award-winning music journalist and the author of several non-fiction books including Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood, about a year spent with the young men of South Central Los Angeles, and A Superhero For Hire, a compilation of columns in the Observer Magazine.
Yrsa Sigurdardottir is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Iceland, published by Hodder and Stoughton in the UK. Her novel, SILENCE OF THE SEA, won the Petrona award in 2014 and her novels have twice been selected by the Sunday Times as crime novel of the year, namely WHY DID YOU LIE and SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME. Her first book in the new Huldar and Freyja series, THE LEGACY won the Icelandic crime book of the year in 2015 and the Palle Rosinkranz prize in Denmark in 2017 for best crime novel. A movie based on her prize winning horror novel, I REMEMBER YOU, premiered in May 2017 and her Thora series is presently being adapted for television. Yrsa is a civil engineer by trade and still works as such in her native Iceland.
Andrew Wilson is the highly acclaimed author of biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath and Alexander McQueen. His first novel, The Lying Tongue, was published in 2007. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and the Washington Post. His most recent novel, A Talent For Murder, is a fictionalised account of Agatha Christie's disappearance in 1926.
Jeff Dowson began his career working in the theatre as an actor and a director specialising in productions of modern British and European playwrights.
From there he moved into television as an independent writer/producer/director. His screen credits include arts series, entertainment features, drama documentaries, drama series and TV films.
Jeff’s Jack Shepherd thriller series starts with Closing The Distance. The latest Cloning The Hate is due to be published August 2017. Born in northeast England he now lives in Bristol. He is a member of BAFTA and the Crime Writers Association.
Leigh Russell has sold well over a million books in her Geraldine Steel crime series, which is set in London and York. She has written a spin off series for Geraldine’s sergeant, Ian Peterson, and also writes the Lucy Hall mystery series set in Seychelles, Paris and Rome.
Leigh's books have been shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award, and the CWA Dagger in the Library, and she has twice been a Finalist for The People's Book Prize. She is published in the UK by No Exit Press and Thomas & Mercer, in the US by Harper Collins, and her books are translated throughout Europe.
As a keen supporter of emerging talent, Leigh runs occasional crime writing master classes in Greece, France and Italy, and chairs the CWA Debut Dagger judging panel. Leigh serves on the Committee of the Crime Writers Association, and she is a Royal Literary Fellow.
Links to all Leigh’s books, and facebook and twitter accounts, can be found on her website where readers can contact her directly, and subscribe to her monthly newsletter.
Paul Harrison is a retired police officer, with a successful career that spanned three decades. During that time, he worked on some memorable high profile investigations, and interviewed countless criminals who operated within the darker side of humanity. Paul began writing and had his first book published during his time in the police. Since then, he has gone on to write 34 books, mainly in the field of true crime. Now he has turned all that experience into writing crime fiction. His first novel Revenge of the Malakim was published in the Spring 2017.
Guy Fraser-Sampson is the author of the Hampstead Murders, a very ‘different’ sort of book to standard modern crime fiction. Contemporary stories but written in the spirit of the Golden Age, they have been described as intelligent, quirky, and ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. The third in the series, “A Whiff of Cyanide” was published earlier this year and features a suspicious death at a convention of crime writers, set against the backdrop of a bitterly contested election for the leadership of the Crime Writers’ Association.
Guy was formerly a practising lawyer and brings his knowledge of police and courtroom procedure to bear in his writing. “A Whiff of Cyanide” was his 14th book to be published. He was previously best known for his Mapp and Lucia novels, all of which were optioned by BBC television.
Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.
His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr. He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.
Michael has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.
Alison Baillie was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After studying English at the University of St Andrews she taught English for many years, in Edinburgh, Finland and Switzerland , where she now lives. It was only when she stopped teaching full-time that she wrote her first novel Sewing the Shadows Together. She’s just finished her second novel and spends her time reading, writing, and travelling to crime writing festivals.
Elly Griffiths is the author of the best-selling Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries and the Stephens and Mephisto books. Elly’s books have been shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year three times and, in 2016, she was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work. The ninth Ruth book, The Chalk Pit, was published in February 2017 and was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Lilja Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic crime writer and playwright, born in 1972. Her debut stage-play Big Babies (Stóru Börnin) was staged in the winter of 2013–14, achieved great critical acclaim and won the Icelandic Theatre Prize Gríman as Best Play of the Year. Snare is the first in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, and her first book to be published in English, and film rights have been sold to 66 Degrees North/Palomar Pictures. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.
Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for
twenty-five years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchangebombing in 1992, and one of the first police officers on the scene ofthe 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s
Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded
friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police withPost Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, hewas encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and hisexperience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt
sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work offiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect onhis own condition. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which waslonglisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result.
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of children’s animation and for Dr Who. However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers, crime and horror. His most successful works to date are the six-novel DS Heckenburg crime series, and the new Lucy Clayburn series, the first installment of which, STALKERS, reched no. 7 in the Sunday Times best-sellers chart.
Luke McCallin was born in 1972 in Oxford, grew up in Africa, went to school around the world and has worked with the United Nations as a humanitarian relief worker and peacekeeper in the Caucasus, the Sahel, and the Balkans. His experiences have driven his writing, in which he explores what happens to normal people - those stricken by conflict, by disaster - put under abnormal
pressures. He lives with his wife and two children in an old farmhouse in France in the Jura Mountains. He has a MA in political science, speaks French, and can just get by in Russian.
Howard Linskey is the author of three novels in the David Blake crime series published by No Exit Press, The Drop, The Damage and The Dead. The Times newspaper voted The Drop one of its Top Five Thrillers of the Year and The Damage one of its Top Summer Reads.
William Ryan’s Captain Korolev detective novels, set in 1930s Moscow, have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the CWA’s Historical and New Blood Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year. His latest novel The Constant Soldier,was described by the Daily mail and “subtle, suspenseful and superb” and has been shortlisted for the HWA Gold crown and longlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger. William is currently a Teaching Fellow on the Crime Writing programme at the University of East Anglia.
Mark Hill is a London-based full-time writer of novels and scripts. He is currently writing book two in his DCI Ray Drake series, the first of which – Two O’Clock Boy – was published in paperback original in April 2017. Formerly he was a journalist and a producer at BBC Radio 2 across a range of major daytime shows and projects. He has won two Sony Gold Awards.
After twenty years as a working actor, mainly in film and television, Phil moved into the production side as a freelance writer and film producer. He has written feature films, TV and radio dramas, documentaries and animation series and worked as a script doctor . Currently he is in development as writer/producer on a movie set in Wales and Canada due to begin production in early 2018. As an actor he appeared in over 200 film and television productions as well as many plays and short stories for BBC Radio 4. He is founder and MD of Funky Medics, a production company focussing on innocative health education and is an Honorary Associate of Cardiff University. Funky Medics is currently developing projects in India, Europe and the UK. For over ten years he has been a freelance project consultant with various Foundations and NGOs mainly working in India.
He lives in Penarth near Cardiff. Siena is his first novel.
Simon Brett’s hundredth book, a humorous one called Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons, is published on 13 September 2017, but he is probably best known for his crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series. Of those, the most recent are Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen, and The Liar in the Library. His standalone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film starring Michael Caine. For radio and television he wrote After Henry and No Commitments. The Charles Paris books are serialised on Radio 4, with Bill Nighy playing the actor detective. A former President of the Detection Club, in 2014 Simon was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s highest award, the Diamond Dagger. And in the 2016 New Year’s Honours he was appointed an OBE ‘for services to literature’.
Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course.
Rattle, her bestselling debut novel, received international critical acclaim when it was published earlier this year. It is also in development as a six-part TV series by the producers of Kick-Ass and Miss Sloane.
Her second novel The Collector will be published in February.
Fiona lives in Essex with her family.
Dolores Gordon-Smith is the author of the Jack Haldean murder mystery series set in 1920’s England, the Dr. Anthony Brooke WW1 spy stories, and the introduction to the classic crime novel, The Ponson Case, for HarperCollins. She hosts the How I Got Published column in the Warner Bros. Writing Magazine where she invites debut authors to share their journey to publication.
Her books Serpent's Eye and How to Write A classic Crimy Mystery are being published by Williams & Whiting this Autumn.
For the last three years, Dolores has been a popular speaker at Bodies from the Library, a day devoted to the Golden Age of crime fiction in the British Library.
Married with five daughters and various dogs and cats, Dolores has been a teacher, a civil servant and the front end of a cow in a pantomime.
Kate Bendelow is a writer, poet and author of The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers. A serving crime scene investigator with over 15 years experience, Kate also lectures to crime writers wishing to add authenticity and accuracy to their work.
Kate is currently working on the first of a fictional crime trilogy. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Greater Manchester
Chris Petit is an internationally renowned author and filmmaker once described by Le Mondeas as the Robespierre of English cinema. His films include the now definitive Radio On (1979) and have been the subject of several foreign retrospectives. He has written a trio of acclaimed "beyond black" political thrillers covering a serial killer operating in sectarian Northern Ireland (The Psalm Killer), dirty money in world war 2 (The Human Pool) and terror, arms trading and the bombing of a civilian aircraft (The Passenger).
Simon Michael is the author of the best-selling London 1960s noir gangster series featuring his antihero barrister, Charles Holborne. Simon writes from personal experience: a barrister for 37 years, he worked in the Old Bailey and other criminal courts defending and prosecuting a wide selection of murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy. The 1960s was the “Wild West” of British justice, a time when the Krays, Richardsons and other violent gangs fought for control of London’s organised crime, and the corrupt Metropolitan Police beat up suspects, twisted evidence and took a share of the criminal proceeds. Simon weaves into his thrillers genuine court documents from cases on which he worked on the big stories of the 1960s.
The Charles Holborne series, The Brief, An Honest Man and The Lighterman, have all garnered strong reviews for their authenticity and excitement. Simon’s theme is alienation; Holborne, who dabbled in crime and in serious violence before becoming a barrister, is an outsider both in the East End where he grew up and in the Temples of the Law where he faces daily class and religious prejudice.
Graham Bartlett is a Sunday Times Best Selling author and crime/ police procedural advisor.
His thirty year police career and friendship with WH Smith’s customers’ ‘Greatest Crime Author of All Time,’ Peter James inspired him to write the non-fiction "Death Comes Knocking – Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton," a gripping account of what it is like to police one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities, Brighton and Hove. Published by Pan Macmillan, its real stories are drawn from Graham’s 30-year career, which took him from beat bobby to senior detective to becoming the City’s police commander. "Death Comes Knocking” links the real events, incidents and investigations he encountered with Peter’s fictional world created for the Roy Grace novels.
As well as being one of Peter’s principle procedural advisors he has worked with Robert Bryndza, William Shaw, Susan Wilkins and PD Viner. In addition he works with TV writers and producers in helping them achieve accuracy and authenticity while preserving their compelling drama.
Graham has taught how to write authentic crime fiction at Guardian Masterclasses and regional events and is currently writing a second non-fiction and a novel.
He lives in Sussex with his wife and his 20 year old triplets.
Nicola Upson's popular crime novels featuring the author and playwright Josephine Tey have been widely praised as 'historical crime fiction at its very best' (Sunday Times) and 'a masterstroke of literary theft' (Independent on Sunday). Set in the 1930s, each novel weaves an original murder mystery around a celebration of Tey's life and work, featuring events which defined those years and bridging the gap between the Golden Age and the contemporary. Nine Lessons, the seventh book in the series, is published this autumn.