Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival #TOPCRIME2014

I went to the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at The Old Swan in Harrogate at the weekend. Authors, agents, editors, publicists, and - most important of all - readers converge on this pretty Yorkshire town every year for an interesting programme of panel discussions and interactive events, including a quiz and a murder mystery evening.

Authors appearing at the event included Laura Lippman, Lynda La Plante, JK Rowling, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid... and me. I was delighted to have been invited to host a table at the murder mystery evening on Saturday evening, which was a lot of fun, with a specially-written mystery by Anne Cleeves set in Shetland and brought to life by four "witnesses", two of whom were played by actors from Anne's Shetland series. For a full list of participating authors at Harrogate, look here.

Thanks to Steve Mosby and the organising committee for inviting me to participate this year. Congratulations to Belinda Bauer for winning the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year with Rubbernecker. Thank you to the team who were running the event - including Gemma Rowland - for ensuring the packed programme of events went so smoothly and all of us felt welcome there. Thanks to WH Smith for stocking our books. Thanks to my publisher for a lovely dinner on Friday.

Were you there? What were your highlights?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Girl Who Just Appeared

Jonathan Harvey's new book, The Girl Who Just Appeared, is published today.

London 2014. Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she's always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born - 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. By a bizarre twist of fate Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent. She travels north and moves in. When she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards, she wonders if this might hold the secret to her past.

Liverpool 1981. Fifteen-year-old Darren negotiates life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is bringing up. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life.

Flitting between the present and the past, we discover how Darren and Holly's lives become intertwined. Will Holly uncover the secrets of her past? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?

Absolutely delightful. Jonathan Harvey writes with all his heart and all his soul. Lisa Jewell

Harvey makes me SCREAM. Caitlin Moran

I knew Jonathan Harvey could make me laugh. I didn't expect him to make me cry too. Jojo Moyes

You can buy it as an ebook or in paperback online or from your local bookshop.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Theakston's Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, July 2014

http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime/authors-2/The Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is taking place 17-20 July 2014 at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

Participating authors include Belinda Bauer, Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves, Julia Crouch, Mark Edwards, Robert Galbraith, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Sarah Hilary, Erin Kelly, Lynda La Plante, Laura Lippman, Anya Lipska, David Mark, Peter May, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby, James Oswald, Tony Parsons, Sarah Pinborough, Helen Smith, Martyn Waites and S. J. Watson.

I'm delighted to be hosting a table at Saturday night's murder mystery dinner, starting at 6.30pm. Ann Cleeves - the author of the bestselling Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez series - has put together a Shetland themed murder mystery dinner, set in the universe of her Jimmy Perez series. She’ll be helped by "a star-studded roster of crime writing talent" as table hosts, who will mingle with your table and serve as your team captains.

You can find a full list of participating authors here. Tickets for the festival here. Tickets for the murder mystery dinner here.

Will you be there? Please come and say hello.