Monday, 12 February 2018

Criminal Activity detected in Camden

Simon & Schuster held their 2nd annual Crime Showcase, following the success of last year’s event [which was hosted in the Phoenix Artists Club in London’s West End].

To showcase their 2018 Crime / Thriller list, Simon and Schuster brought their guests to Camden, North London. Joining Mike Stotter, Ayo Onatade and I, were fellow journalists / bibliophiles Chris Simmons [Crimesquad], Karen Robinson [The Sunday Times], John Coates [The Express], Barry Forshaw, Jake Kerridge [The Telegraph], John Dugdale [The Guardian and Sunday Times], Rony Campbell and her colleagues from Breakaway Reviews – as well as many booksellers and bloggers.

Apart from the Publicity and Editorial Teams, many of the Simon and Schuster authors were present, including Felix Francis, Kate Rhodes, Andrew Wilson, Luca Veste, Chris Carter and Craig Robertson. It was good to congratulate the R J Bailey writing duo for their Barry Award Nomination, and Sarah Vaughan for scaling the UK book charts with ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL.

This year Jo Dickinson and her colleagues had much to celebrate as last year Chris Carter made No 1 in the UK with The Caller. We have enjoyed Chris’ dark tales for some time now, and he produced an essay for our readers which is available here

Also present was Andrew Wilson, the writer of the definitive biography of Patricia Highsmith [‘Beautiful Shadow’]. Andrew Wilson’s upcoming Murder Mystery featuring Dame Agatha Christie has been gathering excitement as has Craig Robertson’s dark thriller THE PHOTOGRAPHER, which our reviewer Maureen Ellis described as –

Craig Robertson writes with such ease and clarity, that even though the subject deeply unpleasant, he compels the reader ever onwards. The characters are strong and completely believable, though the plot is dark and very gritty, the evidence is slowly revealed until the reader is driven headlong to the excellent climax – breathless.

So before too long, Jo Dickinson welcomed the guests to the 2018 Simon and Schuster Crime Fiction Showcase, which we have captured on video below -

And so it was time to mingle, with wine, beer and canapes flowing as calmly as the conversation; as between slugs of wine, we had a look at was coming from this important publishing house.

After thanking the Simon and Schuster team it was time to head back into a dark and frosty London night, clutching a goody bag and the memories of a wonderful party with our friends and colleagues from Literature’s darkest niche – Crime and Thriller.

We present a series of photographs from the party.

For more information about the Simon and Schuster Crime Fiction List Click HERE

Photographs © 2018 A Karim 

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