Crime Writing Event in London: Plot the Perfect Murder Mystery

Tuesday 19 June @ 6pm for 6.30pm
Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP
Cost: £15  Book tickets here.

Bloomsbury Institute and Writers’ & Artists’ present James Runcie and Anne Zouroudi interviewed by Claire McGowan.

To be discussed: how to plot the perfect murder mystery and unravel the mysterious charm of crime; how to create criminal tension; what makes a villain villainous or a detective likeable; tips on plotting, pacing and the secret to making your own book go bump in the night.

The Bull of Mithros is Anne Zouroudi’s latest in her series of Mysteries of the Greek Detective. Investigator Hermes Diaktoros is intrigued by the island of Mithros’s fabled bull, and his arrival on the isle coincides with a violent and mysterious death. As Hermes sets about solving the complex puzzle of who is guilty and who is innocent, he discovers a web of secrets and unspoken loyalties, and it soon becomes clear that the bull of Mithros may only be the beginning of the island’s shadowy mysteries. Anne Zouroudi is the author of five other Mysteries of the Greek Detective: The Messenger of Athens (shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Breakthrough Authors and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize), The Taint of MidasThe Doctor of ThessalyThe Lady of Sorrows and The Whispers of Nemesis.  Anne Zouroudi also recently won the 2012 East Midlands Book Award for Whispers of Nemesis.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is the first in James Runcie’s new series of six detective novels, The Grantchester Mysteries, featuring vicar and sleuth Canon Sidney Chambers. Together with his roguish friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewellery theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a well-known jazz promoter and a shocking art forgery, the disclosure of which puts a close friend in danger. James Runcie is Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Fesival and an award-winning film-maker.  His novels include The Discovery of Chocolate, The Colour of Heaven, Canvey Island and East Fortune.His novels include The Discovery of Chocolate, The Colour of Heaven, Canvey Island and East Fortune.

Claire McGowan is Director of the Crime Writers’ Association and author of The Fall, a thriller set in contemporary London about two women from very different backgrounds who are brought together when a brutal murder shatters both their lives.