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First Monday

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

First Monday returns to Browns Court on St Martin’s Lane in London on June 5th with a cracking crime fiction panel including Ruth Ware, Abir Mukherjee, James Oswald and  Imran Mahmood.  This promises to be an absolutely fascinating discussion with four of our finest crime novelists being put through their paces by Barry “Mister Noir” Forshaw. First Mondays are as much about the chat in the pub afterwards as they are about the chat on the panel and it’s a great opportunity…

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Alibis in the Archive

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - June 11 @ 12:15 pm

The world-renowned Gladstone Library on the North Wales/Cheshire border is to host a splendid feast of juicy crime writing dishes: Alibis in the Archive. The programme runs from the evening of Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June 2017 and kicks off with a murder mystery written by CWA Diamond Dagger winner Ann Cleeves. The following day, Ann talks about the world of television detectives, David Stuart Davies will be as entertaining as ever about Sherlock Holmes and our Chair…

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An evening with Len Tyler and Suzette Hill

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Len Tyler and Suzette Hill, two of Heffers’ crime fiction favourites, as they talk about their new books A Herring in the Smoke and Shot in Southwold. Tickets are £4 in advance and available from

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June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join award winning author Diane Janes at the official launch of her new book ‘Death at Wolf’s Nick’. The event will take place in The Memorial Hall, Otterburn, Northumberland, scene of the original inquest into the death of Evelyn Foster, whose murder in 1931 remains officially unsolved. The book is the first to be based on the official police case files, contains a wealth of previously unpublished information and a possible solution to this enduring puzzle. The event is completely…

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Slaughter in Southwold Crime Writers Festival Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June

June 17 @ 8:00 am - June 18 @ 5:00 pm

2017 marks the fifth annual ‘Slaughter in Southwold’ festival featuring talks by a number of top crime writers as well as other crime themed activities.  This year’s packed programme features Elly Griffiths, M.J. Arlidge, Isabelle Grey, Harry Brett, Guy Fraser-Sampson, John Nightingale, Paul Harrison and Ruth Dugdall. About the authors: Elly Griffiths is a bestselling author of two series – the Ruth Galloway series set in present day Norfolk and the Stephens and Mephisto books set in 1950’s Brighton.  Last…

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From Idea to Publication and Beyond

June 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Come see Linda Stratmann and ask those questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers too – from being an author to getting your novel published. Although the event is free to attend, you will need to register your place by contacting Maida Vale Library.

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Liverpool Noir with Kate Ellis and Barry Forshaw

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening discussing Liverpool-Noir in the company of some of Liverpool’s finest crime writers. Hosting the evening is author, broadcaster and journalist Barry Forshaw who we are thrilled to welcome back to his home city. Barry will be joined by Kate Ellis, David Jackson, Rob Ryan and Luca Veste. We’ll be discussing the authors’ latest books and the character of the city as reflected within them, featuring as an extra character almost – opening this up to…

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What’s Your Poison? – Heffers’ summer crime and detective fiction party

July 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday July 6th sees the return of What’s Your Poison? – Heffers’ summer crime and detective fiction party. Join us for an evening of author readings, cocktails and brilliant books! Authors taking part include Clare Carson, Susan Grossey, Guy Fraser-Sampson, Christina James, Erin Kelly, Christina Koning, Abir Mukherjee, Peter Murphy, Barbara Nadel, Louise Penny, Kate Rhodes, Lesley Thomson and Felicia Yap. Tickets are £6 in advance and available from

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Vintage Thrillers Film Weekend, Chester

August 11 - August 13

A residential weekend course organised by the Cosmopolitan Film Club (non-profit) is running at Chester University campus on Vintage Thrillers (1950 – 1961) this August. There are seven thrillers being shown commencing on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon.The total cost of the course is £177.88 which includes two night’s accommodation, refreshments and all meals. There are seven thrillers being shown, which are Guilt Is My Shadow (1950), Bang! You’re Dead (1953), The Brain Machine (1955), The Flying Scot (1957),…

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Crime Writing at Swanwick this Summer

August 12 - August 18

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School runs from 12-18 August is pleased to be running two crime-related courses this year. Kate Bendelow, a serving Crime Scene Investigator with over fifteen years’ experience, will be running a course covering forensic advice for crime writers,  while Stuart Gibbon, a former senior police detective, and now a writing consultant, will be running a course on police procedure. Both are also available for one-to-one sessions to discuss work. There’s also the added bonus of guest speaker…

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