The Crime Writers’ Association


There are few names who mean as much to crime fans as Lynda La Plante, creator of the phenomenally successful Prime Suspect and Widows TV series, and bestselling author. The ‘Queen of Crime Drama’ will discuss her extraordinary career and new book Murder Mile, the fourth novel in the Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect) series. She will be joined by a panel of crime experts – Dr Melanie Bailey, Head of Forensic Science at the University of Surrey, Detective Inspector Dee Fielding of the Surrey Police Force, and her advisor for many years Callum (Cass) Sutherland. Cass is a former Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police and Acting VP of the UK Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Lynda will reveal her secret sources, how she conducts her meticulous research, and why she is one of the most authentic voices in crime writing. This one-off event, exclusive to Dorking Halls, is a rare opportunity for fans to ask their own questions and a fascinating insight into what happens in a real life murder investigation.

Murder Mile is set in the economic chaos of 1979 with widespread strikes across Britain. Jane Tennison, now a Detective Sergeant, has been posted to Peckham CID, one of London’s toughest areas. As the rubbish on the streets begins to pile up, so does the murder count. Jane is under immense pressure to catch the killer – before they strike again. Murder Mile is published by Zaffre on August 23rd, priced £18.99.

Widows, a new heist movie based on Lynda’s original TV series, directed by Steve McQueen, starring Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debiki and Liam Neeson, is released in November. Bonnier Zaffre has also published a new edition of La Plante’s Widows to coincide with the film.

Tickets are £15 or £25 with a hardback copy of Murder Mile (RRP £18.99)


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