Monday, 18 February 2019

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2019

Every year I ponder how the crew behind the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will top the previous year’s festivities – and each year they do.
I decided to book my place early, as 2019 looks spectacular, as this press release indicates, so see you there.
This year’s Programming Chair is the award-winning author Mari Hannah, bringing icons of the genre to the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.
One of the biggest-selling authors of all time, James Patterson, will make his first appearance at the Festival. Patterson has sold more than 375 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers.
James Patterson said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Harrogate this year and meeting my UK fans.”
Jo Nesbo’s UK launch of his much-anticipated new Harry Hole thriller, Knife, will also take place at the Festival. The Scandi-noir climber, rock star and former professional footballer has sold over 40 million books in 50 languages.
MC Beaton, author of Agatha Raisin adapted for Sky TV starring Ashley Jenson, will be in conversation with the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, Stuart MacBride.
Former attorney Jeffery Deaver has sold over 50 million books with The Bone Collector adapted to film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Deaver will introduce his new series, The Never Game. 
A trio of powerhouse authors, Belinda Bauer, Eva Dolan and Erin Kelly, will share a stage. Bauer rocked the literary world when she was longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize for her novel, Snap. Eva Dolan’s standalone, This is How it Ends, is one of the most critically acclaimed thrillers of the year. Erin Kelly’s novels have been adapted for TV and dominated the bestseller lists, with her latest, Stone Mothers, an irresistible novel of psychological suspense.
Master of the suburban thriller and Netflix collaborator, Harlan Coben, is the perennial #1 New York Times author of 30 novels. The American will be in conversation with Rebus creator, Ian Rankin.
Val McDermid, who co-founded the Festival with literary agent Jane Gregory and arts charity Harrogate International Festivals in 2003, will also be in conversation with Scotland’s First Minister, and bookworm, Nicola Sturgeon. 
The writer behind BBC1’s phenomenal The Bodyguard, Jed Mercurio, also stars. With viewing figures exceeding 10 million, The Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, returned us to a time when a TV show could be a national event. One of the most successful TV writers at work today, Mercurio is behind many hit series, including Line of Duty.

2019 marks the 16th Festival.
Programming Chair, Mari Hannah, said: “Announcing James Patterson in my year as Festival Chair is a huge honour. Harrogate has a reputation for its powerhouse Special Guests. Every year, the programming committee work hard to attract the very best crime writers to the festival from around the world. The response to 2019’s line-up has been incredible. I’m looking forward to welcoming readers in July.”
Alongside the starry headline names, the Theakston Old Peculier is renowned for supporting emerging talent, with Val McDermid’s annual New Blood panel and a day-long creative writing workshop, Creative Thursday. 
It is also a hotbed of debate. Famed for its no barriers approach, fans, fledgling writers and established superstar authors mingle in the hotel bar. Around 90 authors take part over four days of panels, late night events, and author dinners. The full programme of events will be announced in April.
The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is one of the most important events in the crime publishing calendar. Agents, publishers, publicists, readers and authors attend from all over Europe and the world. 
The 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival takes place at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate 18-21 July.
Rover Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 19th February at 10am. Weekend Rover: £236, Friday Rover: £93, Saturday Rover: £105. Box office: 01423 562 303, or Book online
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The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is Europe’s largest event dedicated to the celebration of crime fiction. Taking place annually over four days each July (18-21 July, 2019) at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, the Festival programmes over 90 best-selling UK and international crime authors and over 30 events. It is delivered by the north of England’s leading arts festival organisation, Harrogate International Festivals.  
The event features the prestigious Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.
About Mari Hannah
Mari Hannah is an award-winning author who became a writer after her career as a Probation Officer was cut short following an assault on duty. For several years, Mari was a scriptwriter with an eye on a career in film or TV. This took off after pitching a crime pilot to the BBC based on the characters in her then unfinished debut novel The Murder Wall, winning a place on the BBC’s North East Voices Drama Development Scheme, adapting the script to a crime novel when it ended.
That award-winning book and seven others were published by Pan Macmillan before she moved to Orion in 2017. Mari’s ninth book The Lost, the first in a series featuring DI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver, was published in the spring of 2018. The tenth – The Insider – followed in November. Her third Stone & Oliver novel, The Scandal, will launch on March 7, 2019.
Photo Credits: Charlotte Graham, Ali Karim and the Authors / Publishers publicity shots

Happy birthday Len Deighton

Happy birthday to Len Deighton who is celebrating his 90th birthday today! For many of us Len Deighton has provided readers with hours of enjoyment with his brilliantly written spy novels.

Who can forget his debut novel the Ipcress File which introduced readers to a nameless protagonist as far back as 1962.  The Ipcress File was followed by Horse Under Water (1963) Funeral in Berlin (1964), Billion Dollar Brain (1966), An Expensive Place to Die (1967), Spy Story (1972), Yesterday’s Spy (1975), and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy (1976) all featuring his nameless protagonist.  Of course in the 1965 film the nameless protagonist is called Harry Palmer who is played with aplomb by Michael Caine.

Over on the Shots Ezine Mike Ripley Of GWAM (Getting Away with Murder) fame did an appreciation for the 50th anniversary of The Ipcress File which can be read here
Len Deighton & Mike Ripley
Whilst the Ipcress File is undoubtedly amongst his best known books, there are also a number of others for example SS-GB, the Bernard Samson series of novels which include Berlin Game (1983) Mexico Set (1984), London Match (1985), Spy Hook (1988), Spy Line (1989) and Spy Sinker (1990) to name a few and of course the Len Deighton Action Cookbookthat are certainly worth reading.  His last published book which was also an e-book was James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search for His Father (2012) 

A comprehensive place to find all things Len Deighton is on the Deighton Dossier Website which has all the information one could want on Len Deighton’s books.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Alibi orders first scripted drama from idea by Val McDermid

UKTV channel Alibi is famous for the cosier, more humour-filled side of crime dramas (think MurdochMysteriesFrankie Drake MysteriesMiss Fisher’s Murder MysteriesCastle et al). Now the channel is dipping its two in the original drama series ocean and has ordered a brand new series from RED Productions, the people who make Happy Valley, among others.

UKTV Original Traces is a suspense-filled crime thriller written by actress and writer, Amelia Bullmore – is a suspense-filled crime thriller told from a fresh point of view, where forensic science takes centre stage.  Set in Scotland and exploring the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science. Traces centres on three very different female characters – Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance – who use forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.

When 23-year-old Emma Hedges returns to Scotland to take up a new position as a lab assistant at SIFA, she signs up to a MOOC - Massive Online Open Course - which teaches the principles of forensic science. But she soon discovers that the fictitious case study has a strikingly similar and shocking link to her past. As Emma's sleuthing takes her into darker corners and unpicks more and more secrets, it becomes clear that she should trust no-one. It will be Sarah and Kathy's exacting minds that reward Emma's faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination and who will ultimately bring a killer to justice.  Running alongside Emma's central story, other cases and different forensic disciplines will shine a spotlight on science's contribution to solving the mysteries of human existence.

Traces is based on an original idea by best-selling, multi-award-winning crime writer Val

Casting will be announced over the coming months, with the series due to air exclusively on Alibi in late 2019.

Hat tip The Killing Times TVfor the information.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Metropolis That Awaits Us

In my office, which is in fact our family dining-room (due to a change in professional circumstance), rests one solitary novel on that table’s congested surface.

I sit at one end of the dining table, back to the window, facing my PC screen, with a printer to my right, and a growing series of books, piles of novels on the left. On the table, ahead of me are my file-cards, folders, newspaper clippings, stacks of paper, my notebooks, my array of pens, stationary, thesaurus, dictionary, history books and the usual writing clutter; the ephemera for those who find joy in playing with words and the imagination.

There is one solitary novel resting on the table’s surface. It breaks my rule, the sacred rule of the novels of others, only to be resting in piles to the left of me – never on the actual table’s surface, where my own writing, my scribbled notes and ephemeral thoughts reside. That novel is about a Detective, a rule-breaker, a maverick, an outsider or stranger. The novel is entitled Metropolis, and is the last outing of Bernard [‘Bernie’] Gunther, who at times is laconic, reflective, while at other times is the wise-cracking observer of the brutal absurdity that surrounded him.

Like Gunther’s creator, the novelist Philip Kerr was also a gregarious loner, a character who was different from the others that surrounded him. Gunther was a man who juggled the horrors of the world he existed in, with wit and action, a world striated with moral ambiguity, where brutality and horror had to be confronted with violence and with intellect.

Literary Renaissance Man, Publisher, Editor and Bookseller New York’s Otto Penzler noted, that stylistically Gunther, had a legendary precursor -

[Philip] Kerr wrote the nearest pastiche to Raymond Chandler’s quintessentially American literary style yet achieved, transcending the scores—no, hundreds—who had attempted it before he did.

Read more from Otto Penzler HERE

I was in London for a few days, an escape from my Office (aka, our family dining room). I got thinking about the nervous anticipation I have for this Novel, Metropolis, the last adventure of Bernie Gunther, the final work from Philip Kerr and soon to be published posthumously. He was taken so tragically young, and at the peak of his narrative skill as a novelist. He was barely older than I; a thought that troubled me from time to time.

Those thoughts were triggered by a chance encounter over a literary lunch with Robert Goddard and Tom Bradby, hosted by Patsy Irwin and Becky Short of PenguinRandomHouse’s UK imprint Transworld. I will be detailing that extraordinary lunch in due course, but I don’t wish to digress at this point, so back on topic.

Once the lunch plates and cutlery had been cleared away, Mike Ripley and I found ourselves seated with Political Journalist / Broadcaster Tom Bradby, a familiar figure due to his career at ITN News. Some may not know that Tom Bradby is also an elegant thriller writer. So as we sipped our coffee, we got talking about thriller writing and of thriller fiction. This was in context to Bradby’s own upcoming political thriller SECRET SERVICE, a book I was currently reading, and will be reviewing before its publication on 30th of May, 2019.

I’ve come to understand that the most elegant of thriller writers, are those who are the most well-read.

Tom Bradby is no exception.

The conversation got around to who we read, and who we consider ‘the point men and women’ in thriller writing. I mentioned to Bradby that Mike Ripley and I attended Philip Kerr’s funeral last year [which I detailed HERE]. Bradby’s eyes grew animated as he told us that he was a huge, huge fan of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther novels. He’d read them all, some, several times, and then the three of us talked, and we talked, and we talked until we could talk no more about those Philip Kerr novels, those treasures that featured a former German Soldier turned Detective, called Gunther.

Tom Bradby considers those Bernie Gunther novels, like many of us, as sitting at the high table, shoulder to shoulder with the masters of the crime and thriller genre.
I told Bradby that I was apprehensive as well as eager (as counter intuitive as that may appear), to crack the spine of METROPOLIS, that novel that sat at the edge of my office desk.

It would have sounded too weird, if I told him it actually resided on our family’s dining table.

I told Bradby that I had just read a truly emotional as well as insightful essay, by the novelist Jane Thynne, Phil Kerr’s wife. It details much about what that last salute to Bernie Gunther had in store for its readers, from the pen of Philip Kerr, and I urged him to look it up.

It Began -

In July 2017, in the inappropriately sunny office of a London cancer clinic, Phil learned that he had stage 4 metastatic cancer and it was incurable. With characteristic courage he asked the doctor how long he had. Between one and two years, she suggested. Plainly keen to impart more optimistic news, she volunteered that she had once, in a long career, known a single patient at the same stage live for five years.

When we got into the car, Phil exhaled. ‘So I’ve got five years.’ In the event, he had eight months.

Read the full essay from Jane Thynne HERE

Later I found myself seated on a bench in Soho Square, with coffee, with pages of  notes, with a shoulder-bag full of books - and only pigeons at my feet for company.

I was alone with my thoughts. I thought of Philip Kerr, a man I didn’t know that well, apart from snatched conversations at book launches and over shared drinks at literary events. I thought that we rarely know these loners, for they hide themselves in plain sight, masking themselves as characters in what they write, in their novels. Philip Kerr was such a man, solitary, but also larger-than-life [as counter-intuitive as that sounds].

I did get to know his character Bernie Gunther rather well, from my reading over the years, commencing with March Violets.

Philip Kerr and I shared one strand that was common in our lives, it was one that marked us out as different from the others, back when we were schooled, he in private education, while I sat within the public system. However, in both our childhood situations, we were clearly visible as being ‘different’ – not unlike the character Philip Kerr would create, that loner, that fish-out-of-water, Bernie Gunther.

I recall talking with Kerr, discussing his tough school experiences [which he widely recounted] and that I considered became character traits, visible in Bernie Gunther, which would always make him smile, as he had a love-hate relationship with his creation, the outsider, the stranger who does not fit into the world he finds himself in, and is not accepted; a feeling I too share, from time to time.

Read More about my reflections HERE and from Jeff Pierce, in a most detailed and very rare interview with Philip Kerr HERE

So, as I took a break from Tom Bradby’s novel SECRET SERVICE, on that park-bench in Soho Square; I thought of that one novel that sat on my family dining table, Metropolis; the last hurrah for Bernard Gunther.

Philip Kerr treats readers to his beloved hero’s origins, exploring Bernie Gunther’s first weeks on Berlin’s Murder Squad.

A portrait of Bernie Gunther in his twenties: He’s young, but he’s seen four bloody years of trench warfare. And he’s not stupid. So when he receives a promotion and a ticket out of Vice squad, he knows he’s not really leaving behind the criminal gangs, the perverse sex clubs, and the laundry list of human corruption. It’s 1928 and Berlin is a city on the edge of chaos, where nothing is truly verboten. But soon a new wave of shockingly violent murders sweeps up society’s most vulnerable, prostitutes and wounded ex-soldiers begging on the streets.

As Bernie Gunther sets out to make sense of multiple murders with different MOs in a city that knows no limits, he must face the fact that his own police HQ is not immune. The Nazi party has begun to infiltrate the Alex, Berlin’s central office, just as the shaky Weimar government makes a last, desperate attempt to control a nation edging toward to the Third Reich.

It seems like the only escape for most Berliners is the theatre and Bernie’s no exception. As he gets deeper into the city’s sordid underground network, he seeks comfort with a make-up artist who is every bit a match for his quick wit and increasingly sardonic view of the world. But even this space can’t remain untouched, not with this pervasive feeling that everything is for sale in Berlin if you’re man enough to kill for it.

So as METROPOLIS arrives on 4th April 2019 from Quercus Publishing in the UK and Ireland, and on April 9th 2019 from PenguinRandomHouse in the US and Canada, I hope you will join me, and the millions of other readers in discovering Philip Kerr’s last novel, a journey into the past, to see a young Bernie Gunther – as portrayed in the novel METROPOLIS, the one that sits at the far edge of our family dining table; now my office, waiting for me, to read and to review, with my personal commentary.

If you’ve not discovered the work of Philip Kerr, I’d suggest clicking THIS LINK, and ordering MARCH VIOLETS and pre-ordering METROPOLIS - the Alpha and the Omega of Bernie Gunther, created by a writer named Philip Kerr.

I notice it’s Valentine’s Day, so my words are surreally apt when I talk of Bernie Gunther on this particularly sunny day. It is a day that despite the warmth of the Sun on my face, it feels melancholic within, and that is not counter-intuitive. 

Ali Karim, 14th February 2019


Have a fine day in these politically confusing times. I’ll end with a line that indicates the possible truth a novelist can bring to bear to the surface of our reality, to provoke thought in matters that perplex.

 “I didn’t know you were interested in politics,’ I said. ‘I’m not,’ he said. ‘But isn’t that how Hitler got elected in the first place: too many people who didn’t give a shit who was running the country?” 

Philip Kerr
Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem

Philip Kerr treats readers to his beloved hero’s origins, exploring Bernie Gunther’s first weeks on Berlin’s Murder Squad.

A portrait of Bernie Gunther in his twenties: He’s young, but he’s seen four bloody years of trench warfare. And he’s not stupid. So when he receives a promotion and a ticket out of Vice squad, he knows he’s not really leaving behind the criminal gangs, the perverse sex clubs, and the laundry list of human corruption. It’s 1928 and Berlin is a city on the edge of chaos, where nothing is truly verboten. But soon a new wave of shockingly violent murders sweeps up society’s most vulnerable, prostitutes and wounded ex-soldiers begging on the streets.

As Bernie Gunther sets out to make sense of multiple murders with different MOs in a city that knows no limits, he must face the fact that his own police HQ is not immune. The Nazi party has begun to inflitrate the Alex, Berlin’s central office, just as the shakey Weimar government makes a last, desperate attempt to control a nation edging toward to the Third Reich.

It seems like the only escape for most Berliners is the theater and Bernie’s no exception. As he gets deeper into the city’s sordid underground network, he seeks comfort with a make-up artist who is every bit a match for his quick wit and increasingly sardonic view of the world. But even this space can’t remain untouched, not with this pervasive feeling that everything is for sale in Berlin if you’re man enough to kill for it.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Newbury & Hobbes: Ten Years On

I can hardly believe that 2018 represented ten years since my first professional novel was published. A LOT of words have been written since! I still look back very fondly on The Affinity Bridge and the time of its writing, though, partly because it was the first time I’d really had *fun* creating a new world and setting, but mostly because it was the first time I really got to know Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes. 

Now, on the eve of publication of The Revenant Express, the fifth book in the series (and the twelfth book in the overall alternate history sequence I’ve come to refer to as the ‘Albion Mythos’), it’s odd to look back to that period, when all of this was new. 

The Affinity Bridgewas written quickly, in the heat of excitement and creation, and at the time I had no idea that what I was writing would come to define much of my writing life for the next decade. I suppose I always knew there would be more stories to come – my initial notes for the series listed dozens of story ideas, some of which I still intend to come back to, one day – but at the time I was very focused on just writing a rip-roaring adventure story, something written for me, that drew inspiration from all the things I love. 

I was lucky that, when it came to finding a publisher for the book, both my UK and US publishers were keen to commit to a sequel, and so, soon after finishing The Affinity Bridge, I plunged straight into the follow up, The Osiris Ritual. I think it was while working on this one that I started to see the true importance of Veronica’s story to the whole saga, and much of what I’ve written about the pair since has been with this in mind. While the books are clearly anchored by Newbury and his involvement in each case, and despite the ups and downs caused by his opium addiction, he is in fact a constant throughout the stories, and it’s Veronica’s take, closely linked to that of her sister, that forms the beating heart of the series. That’s why the third book, The Immorality Engine, focuses on that sibling relationship, and how it might come to the attention of Queen Victoria and others. 

The Executioner’s Heart, too, places Veronica centre stage and in dire peril, and now, at last, The Revenant Expressis about to give answer to the cliffhanger at the end of that fourth novel, and show what becomes of both Newbury and Veronica in the aftermath of the terrible violence we saw inflicted in the final pages of the previous book. 

It’s been a few years between books, necessary, really, so that I could return to the series with renewed enthusiasm and excitement. Its worked, too, and there’s lots of new Newbury & Hobbes material on the way. The first comic book mini-series has just concluded, and is being collected as a graphic novel in April. A couple of long stories have appeared in recent anthologies, and there’s more of those to come. Brad Hoyt, a marvellous composer, has been releasing his soundtrack albums for the first three novels, the second of which has just been released. And there’s a brand new, narrative N&H board game launching in Kickstarter in the Summer, on which I’ve been working closely with the excellent folk at Needy Cat Games. To top it all off, I’m also hard at work on The Albion Initiative, the next book in the series. 

So, after ten years, Newbury and Veronica are still going from strength-to-strength, and the next couple of years look set to be their busiest to date. I’d never have imagined all of this when I first sat down at my computer in 2007 and started tapping out the opening scenes of The Affinity Bridge. If someone had told me then that ten years later I’d be working on the sixth novel in the series, that I’d be looking at sculpts and concept art for a board game, that there’d be a comic book out there featuring new adventures – and that I’d be thirteen books in to the strange, alternate history I was barely starting to explore back then, I would never have believed it. I can barely believe it now! 

The Revenant Express:  Newbury & Hobbes investigation by George Mann. (Published by Titan Books) Out Now.
Following their bloody encounter with the Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury's assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia board a sleeper train bound for St. Petersburg, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength and cunning to survive the Revenant Express.

You can find him on Twitter @George_Mann

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Two from Audible this February

I’ve enjoyed two new releases from Audible this February, that are well worth your time; two books enriched by professional narration with high production values that help one escape from the reality that surrounds us.

The power of the narrator is key in enhancing the experience of listening to a thriller, and that’s what makes audiobooks so engrossing, and useful to fill up gaps in our time, as we can listen while “on the go”, from our phones.

We reviewed THE SUSPECT, the third novel from Fiona Barton, a story that is as prescient as it is disturbing

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think.

Fiona Barton’s debut novelThe Widow, was an instant bestseller and its successor The Child was the must-read 2018 pick of the Richard and Judy book club. Now comes her third novel, The Suspect, which is surely heading in the same direction.

It’s the third case for Kate Waters, journalist – the author’s own former career – and DI Bob Sparkes is also once again on the case. But this is a case with a difference. This time Kate has a personal interest in it as well as professional.

Read the full review from Shots Here

The production from Audible studios is performed by Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas and Ria Zmitrowicz, who bring this dark tale to life and here’s the cast discussing the adaptation –

Richard Armitage has become prolific as a vocal actor working on many dramas as well as poetry on Audible. His work with Joy Ellis’ thriller novels is extraordinary, and the new work THE GUILTY ONES is no exception.

The Guilty Ones is fourth novel to feature DI Jackman and DS Evans – their most disturbing investigation -

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons.

DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past.

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances.

What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle against their most dangerous and deadly adversary. And in a case so close to home can Jackman keep his feelings under control?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the thrilling ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens, whose isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

Joy Ellis was one of Audibles breakthrough authors of 2018, she started work in the 1960s as an apprentice florist in Covent Garden before opening her own flower shop in Lincolnshire. Later in life, she began to consider a career change towards crime writing and attended a workshop in Greece led by Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole. Ellis has now left the flowers behind and dedicates her life to writing gritty crime thrillers set in the Fens, where she lives with her police officer partner. 

Both these two standouts are available from and part of Audible’s £7.99 / Month membership which entitles members to one audiobook download per month.
And remember Audible’s commitment to the Crime Thriller Genre and a thriller that we wrote about earlier, Simon Booker’s Animal Instinct HERE

About Audible

Audible, an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 250,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Capital Crime talks espionage!

International Bestselling Authors Tom Bradby, Charles Cumming, Frank Gardner and Stella Rimington to talk espionage at Capital Crime.

Capital Crime is pleased to welcome Tom Bradby, Charles Cumming, Frank Gardner and Stella Rimington to the festival which takes place at the Grand Connaught Rooms on the 26th – 28th September 2019.

This exciting line-up of thriller authors will be appearing in a special event that asks ‘Are We Living in a Spy Thriller?’

Capital Crime co-founder Adam Hamdy says, ‘We’ve asked four of the world’s leading thriller authors to join us at Capital Crime to explore the nature of espionage in the modern world. Stella, Frank, Charles and Tom all have unique expertise and are certain to give us a fascinating insight into contemporary geopolitics.’

Capital Crime co-founder David Headley says, ‘Russian use of social media to
manipulate political outcomes is all over the news and it certainly feels as though we’re experiencing unusual, volatile times. Tom, Charles, Frank and Stella have extensive experience of the political and intelligence fields, and we’re looking forward to hearing them talk about how their work as authors relates to the world we’re living in. We’re delighted to welcome them to Capital Crime.

Tickets for Capital Crime are available at 

For publicity enquiries please contact 
Lizzie Curle 

Friday, 8 February 2019

Netflix picks up Karin Slaughter

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The New York Times best-selling thriller Pieces of Her from crime author Karin Slaughter is being adapted as a Netflix original series.

The series has been given an initial eight-episode order, with Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men) attached to direct the first two episodes. Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, House of Cards) is on board as writer, showrunner and executive producer.

Also serving an EP is Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, Wild) of Made Up Stories—a development, production and finance company committed to creating content with female figures at the center and enabling female directors, writers, actors and fellow producers to tell the stories they want to tell. Casey Haver, Jeanne Snow and Steve Hutensky will shepherd the project for the company.

The story follows as an adrift young woman’s conception of her mother is forever changed after a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall together suddenly explodes into violence. As figures from her mother’s past start to resurface, she is forced to go on the run and on that journey, begins to piece together the truth of her mother’s previous identity and uncovers secrets of her childhood.

Adrian Dunbar to read at NOIRELAND’s Jack-a-NOIR-y

The NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival is thrilled to announce Adrian Dunbar will be appearing at this year’s weekend event which takes place 8-10 March in Belfast.  

The renowned Northern Irish actor and star of BBC’s Line of Duty will be presenting ‘Jack-a-NOIR-y’, a bedtime story for grown-ups. Dunbar will be reading an exclusive extract from A Book of Bones, the forthcoming new novel from international bestseller John Connolly.  

Jack-a-NOIR-y is a brand new event for NOIRELAND 2019. The Irish love of a good yarn is renowned, and has fostered a nation of storytellers. The soaring popularity of audiobooks and podcasts shows it’s not just the Irish who love listening to a great story, so this is sure to be a festival favourite.

Jack-a-NOIR-y is the closing event of Saturday’s festival programme and takes place in the atmospheric surroundings of the penthouse room of Belfast’s Europa Hotel. It will feature a filmed introduction from John Connolly, followed by Adrian Dunbar reading an extended extract from A Book of Bones

This is a return visit to NOIRELAND from Dunbar, who appeared alongside Jed Mercurio in ‘Behind the Scenes of Line of Duty at the inaugural 2017 festival. He is one of Ireland’s greatest actors, and has become a household name since playing DCI Ted Hastings in the BAFTA-winning crime series, which is filmed in Belfast.