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Crime Authors at the Yeovil Literary Festival

October 28 @ 9:00 am - November 3 @ 5:00 pm

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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Perfect Crime One-Day Festival, Liverpool


November 13

Liverpool’s First Ever Crime Fiction Day

Perfect Crime UK is LIVE and IN PERSON this November, and have we got a lineup for you!

Ann Cleeves, creator of Vera and Shetland, will be appearing in two sessions at this all-day event for crime fans in Liverpool on Saturday 13th November, discussing with Elly Griffiths the marginal and coastal communities in their writing and chatting about forensic aspects of crime writing with pathologist Professor James Grieve.

Our star-studded line-up also features Sophie Hannah, Mel Sherratt, CWA Diamond Dagger winner Martin Edwards and Gold Dagger winner M W Craven.

Author panels will discuss all things crime, from Agatha Christie through gritty psychological thrillers, to murder on the Mersey. There will be a chance for readers to quiz their favourite authors, and to buy signed copies of their books – just in time for those hard-to-please relatives and friends at Christmas! And for aspiring writers, David Jackson will run a workshop on ‘writing the killer pitch’.

Perfect Crime is organised by local publisher Ian Skillicorn and Liverpool crime writers Margaret Murphy and Caz Finlay, who are also appearing at the festival.

When Liverpool hosted the British Science Association festival, Margaret helped to organise a head-to-head between crime writers and scientists. The university’s largest lecture hall sold out so fast that they had to arrange a second session. This was in 2008 –  clearly Perfect Crime is long overdue – so we very much look forward to welcoming readers, writers, and crime experts from far and near to a rewarding day of discussion and entertaining chat from some of the top names in British crime fiction and non-fiction.

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Full author guest list: Ann CleevesElly GriffithsSophie HannahMartin Edwards,  Mel SherrattSusanna BeardRhiannon Ward, Amanda BrookeHeather BurnsideMW CravenCaz FinlayBarry Forshaw, Senior Forensic Pathologist Prof James GrieveNoelle HoltenDavid JacksonMargaret Murphy / Ashley Dyer

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