The Crime Writers’ Association

Crime Authors at the Yeovil Literary Festival

The Yeovil Literary Festival is running from Thurs 28 Oct to Wed 3 Nov, and as part of the festival Yeovil Library are hosting 5 amazing crime authors, including CWA member Elly Griffiths. Tickets are £5 or £4 if you hold a Somerset Libraries card. Further details and to book tickets visit:

Friday 29 October, 12noon – Clare Mackintosh

Sunday Times bestselling author and international sensation, Clare Mackintosh, will be talking about her new novel Hostage, a show-stopping take on the classic locked-room thriller.

The atmosphere on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class, and the world is watching the landmark journey. Flight attendant Mina is trying to focus on the passengers, instead of her troubled homelife. But soon after the plane takes off, Mina receives a chilling anonymous note. Someone wants to make sure the plane never reaches its destination.

Friday 29 October, 2pm – Charles Cumming

Shortly after university, Charles Cumming was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), an experience that inspired his first novel, A Spy by Nature. His new book, Judas 62, is the second book in his gripping new thriller series surrounding BOX 88 – a covert intelligence organisation.

Friday 29 October, 4pm – Elly Griffiths

The Midnight Hour is the latest in Elly’s Brighton-based mystery series set in the 1950s and 1960s which is partly inspired by her grandfather’s life on the stage as well as the war magician Jasper Maskelyne, who claimed to have spent the war creating large scale illusions to misdirect the enemy.

Saturday 30 October, 12noon – Joseph Knox

True Crime Story charts a breathless and bewildering eight-year investigation into the seemingly unexplainable disappearance of Zoe Nolan, examining the complicity of her friends and family, as well as that of its failing author, who’s just clamouring to know more.

Saturday 30 October, 2pm – Laurence Anholt

The Festival of Death is best-selling author Laurence Anholt’s follow up to the hugely successful Art of Death (set in Yeovil and Lyme Regis) and has an equally suspenseful storyline.

When Ethan Flynn, charismatic vocalist of supergroup Stigma, is electrocuted by his own guitar in front of 175,000 witnesses on the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival, suspicion falls on his tyrannical twin, Tyrone.

Leading the murder investigation is Buddhist detective, Vincent Caine, and his partner, DI Shanti Joyce. To Shanti’s consternation the pair have become known as ‘the go-to team for weird stuff in the West Country’ and few crimes come weirder than this.

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