Category Archives: Author Events

Want to ask Kathy Reichs a question?

Here’s your opportunity:

Join Kathy Reichs, bestselling author and forensic anthropologist in a broadcast from London’s Barts Pathology Museum on how forensics have influenced her career. Send your questions in now!

Broadcast: 17th September at 17:00 (UK time)

KRBNLJoin us for a special broadcast with bestselling author and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs at London’s Barts Pathology Museum! As part of Kathy’s UK tour to mark publication of her new novel Bones Never Lie, she will be giving a fascinating illustrated talk on forensic anthropology and how forensics has influenced her writing career.

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerising thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Reichs is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. A native of Chicago, she now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. She has written seventeen bestsellers featuring Dr Temperance Brennan, including the forthcoming new thriller Bones Never Lie, as well as a forensic series aimed at young adults. She is a producer on the chilling hit TV series Bones.

Join us for this special broadcast and be sure to send in your questions by 12pm on 16th September to make sure Kathy has a chance to answer them.

Kathy Reichs is joined by Carla Valentine, Technical Assistant Curator in a special broadcast from London’s Barts Pathology Museum. Watch the broadcast at 5pm on 17th September.

Click here to submit questions before the show (make sure it’s before 12pm 16th September)


Hashtag: #BartsBones


Behind Criminal Minds Event at Waterstones Piccadilly, London and Competition #fridayreads #blackbird

Event: Behind Criminal Minds at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London on Wednesday, 16 July at 7pm. Details below for bookings.

Competition: Courtesy of those lovely people at Canongate, I have three pairs of tickets plus one copy of Tom Wright’s Blackbird with each pair to give away. You have all day Friday (today, British Summer Time) to tweet me your original and/or funny answer to the question how will you be able to tell when the authors have arrived in the building next week? Only replies/tweets with the #blackbird tag will be considered. I’ll decide and announce the winners tomorrow, so we can make arrangements for the tickets in time!

WaterstonesPicIn my last year as a judge on the CWA’s Creasey – 2012 – we shortlisted Tom’s superb debut, What Dies in Summer. Here’s a little info on his new one Blackbird:

Institut Français du Royaume-Uni: Noir Is the Colour 2014



The Institut Français du Royaume-Uni in London has announced that the King of Crime John Harvey & Prix Goncourt Winner Pierre Lemaitre will launch Noir Is the Colour, a new series about crime fiction at the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni on 29 May 2014. This festival runs on ad hoc days until it closes on 26 June 2014. Click on either pic below to visit the website. On twitter, follow @ifru_london and keep an eye on or tweet with the tag #NoirColour for this festival.



Crime Saturday at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle 3 May 2014

LitPhil1If you are in or near Newcastle on Saturday, 3rd of May get thee hence!  All these authors are fantastic public performers.  Call the Lit and Phil on 0191 232 0192 to book/reserve your tickets.  From the Lit & Phil’s website:

Saturday 3rd May | 2pm | Crime Saturday | £5/3 per session or £12/8 for all three
An estimated 45% of the fiction borrowed from the Lit & Phil falls into the category of crime.  Our fascination with the subject seems to be not only ongoing but continually branching out into new areas.  Join us for Crime Saturday and meet some of the authors responsible for this interest.  We are hosting literary panels of experts discussing their particular area of crime fiction.

Historical Crime 2.00 – 3.30pm
Aly Monroe is the author of the Peter Cotton series.  Her third novel Icelight, was awarded the 2012 CWA Historical Dagger.  Samantha Norman is finishing Winter Siege, a book started by her mother, the historical thriller writer Ariana Franklin who died in 2011.  John Lawton has written seven novels, the last of which A Lily of the Field was named Daily Telegraph Thriller of the Year in 2011.

LitPhil2Women in Crime 4.30 – 6.00pm
Mari Hannah won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut novel, The Murder Wall and a Northern Writers’ Award for her second, Settled Blood.  Zoë Sharp has written a standalone crime novel, various short stories and ten books featuring bodyguard Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox.  M J McGrath is the author of the Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries.  The first in the series, White Heat, was nominated for a CWA Gold Dagger.

Icelandic Crime 7.00 – 8.30pm
Ragnar Jonasson is an Icelandic writer of the Dark Iceland crime series set in Northern Iceland, currently being developed as a TV series.  Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is the bestselling and award-winning Icelandic crime author of the Thóra Guðmundsdóttir series.  Quentin Bates is writing a series of crime novels set in present day Iceland. Cold Steal will be published in April 2014.

In association with Northumbria University.

Crimeficreader’s “Best of” 2013: books and literary matters, part 1

B4C2013Some highlights of the year for me.

Author Event

This was an absolute gem.  You never know if panel events will work/take off and sometimes you can be fortunate enough to sit through an explosion of magic.  Such was the case for “Cold War: An Infiltrating Chill” at CrimeFest back in May with Tom Harper, John Lawton, Aly Monroe, William Ryan, all superbly chaired by Martin Walker.  And the “explosion of magic”?  The double act that was Aly Monroe and John Lawton.  They swept you up with their enthusiasm for the topic, their forensic knowledge and their naughty disclosures.  Forget “Get Carter”, if you’re curating a literary festival get Lawton and Monroe.


Judith Tebbutt’s A Long Walk Home certainly brings home how fragile life is and how quickly anyone and the ordinary can be thrown into extraordinary circumstances.  A Long Walk Home is inspiring and, at its heart, a testament to the power of love and family.

RedJoanSpies – not just a boy thing, thank you

Jennie Rooney’s Red Joan is more of a woman’s novel and it’s great on period detail.  Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, this novel is a proper and satisfying exploration in shades of grey, using grey matter.  By the time you get to the end emotions are pricked and stretched; but what will you think of Joan?


Barbara Nadel’s name had been on my radar for quite a while but I didn’t pick up a book of hers until Deadline, one in her Turkish Cetin Ikmen series.  Here Ikmen attends a murder mystery evening and suddenly finds himself in a game where life imitates art.  It’s all very Agatha Christie but also draws beautifully from Nadel’s background as an actor.  With such great characters in the Turkish police, thankfully there’s a series to savour.

“Shaping up nicely, thank you Sarge” – the developing police procedural series

Stranger11DaysThree of note here.  Jane Casey’s DC Maeve Kerrigan’s series got to its fifth outing in 2013 with The Stranger You Know.  The plucky Kerrigan is now proving addictive.  Stav Sherez’s second Carrigan and Miller, Eleven Days, arrived in 2013.  Sherez is an author who provides a feast for your senses while exploring humanity.  And if you want to leave London, head to Northumberland with Mari Hannah’s DCI Kate Daniels.  Hannah is proving prolific with her fourth, Monument to Murder, published in November of this year.M2MMH  The Daniels novels add a shot of realism to police investigations and the third, Deadly Deceit, opens with an oh so heartrending car crash on the A1.

Part 2 coming soon …

Jo Nesbo UK and Ireland tour starts next week

NesboTourBestselling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo will tour the UK and Ireland next week for the publication of his hotly-anticipated new Harry Hole thriller, Police, out 12th September from Harvill Secker.

Jo Nesbo will participate in events and signings in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Stirling, Belfast and Dublin from 12 to 16 September, including the country’s first high-speed book signing on-board a Virgin Train with WH Smith, and signings on 14 September in support of the Books Are My Bag trade initiative.

Jo Nesbo will participate in solo events at the Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill, with Waterstones Piccadilly; headline events for both the Bloody Scotland! Crime Writing Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival; No Alibis bookshop in Belfast; and The Pavillion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire for Eason.  There are also three lunchtime signing sessions with Waterstones in London (12 September), Manchester (13 September) and Glasgow (14 September).

Jo Nesbo will do interviews with BBC Breakfast, RTE TV, BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, BBC Radio 6’s Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, RTE 1 Radio, and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Mail on Sunday, Independent on Sunday, Irish Times, Daily Record and the Press Association.

The full event listing is as follows (and can be found at

12 September:
12.30 Waterstones Leadenhall Market signing
18.00 Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill, Jo Nesbo in conversation with Emma Kennedy in association with Waterstones Piccadilly
13 September:
13.00 Waterstones Manchester Deansgate signing
19.30 Manchester Literature Festival
14 September:
09.41 Preston to Glasgow signing on-board high speed Virgin Train service –in conjunction with WH Smiths and Books Are My Bag
13.00 Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street signing – in conjunction with Books Are My Bag
15 September:
18.00 The Ulster Hall event and signing with No Alibis Bookshop
16 September:
20.00 The Pavillion Theatre Dun Laoghaire in conversation with Declan Burke in association with Eason

POLICE continues the story of PHANTOM, which was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in paperback earlier this year.  The Harry Hole novels have sold over 20 million copies worldwide.  Jo Nesbo is regarded as one of the world’s leading crime writers, and his novels are published in more than 45 languages.

POLICE is Jo Nesbo’s ninth internationally acclaimed novel featuring Inspector Harry Hole to be translated into English, and the tenth in the series.  In the new novel a series of killings that echo unsolved murders is sweeping Oslo, and the killer is targeting the police.

[From press release.]

World Book Night 23rd April 2013 – Flagship Events

Details from a FMcM Associates PRESS RELEASE dated 12 April 2013:

Click on the image for more information about World Book Night.

Click on the image for more information about World Book Night.

A record year and rising – more authors, poets, libraries, prisons, shelters, schools, nurses, care homes, teenagers, parents and general public, than ever before…

…World Book Night events deliver on 23rd April 2013

On 23rd April 2013 something magical will take place across the country, as the ‘World Book Night Experience’ plays out. Complete strangers will become friends, colleagues will pause and reflect, libraries and bookshops will go the extra mile to ‘stay up late’, and authors of all genres will share their writings and love of the written word with audiences of all ages.

“For me, World Book Night 2012 turned into a day about people, sharing and passing on a bit of hope to those who doubt that there is anything worth hoping for.”  -World Book Night 2012 Giver, Emily Hunter

Now in its third year, World Book Night is a celebration of generosity, passion, participation and inclusion, known as the ‘World Book Night Experience’.  On 23rd April – UNESCO’s International Day of the Book – many experiences will unfold simultaneously across the UK, the USA and Ireland.  With major UK events in Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and beyond**, a host of world-renowned writers have given their time – and their books – to inspire regular readers to harness their role as World Book Night ‘Givers’ and help spread a love of reading.

World Book Night’s flagship event will this year be held in Liverpool, where bestselling authors Frank Cottrell Boyce, Jasper Fforde, Philippa Gregory, Jackie Kay, Patrick Ness and Jeanette Winterson take part in a series of free, themed literary sessions at St George’s Hall and the brand new Liverpool Central Library, in association with Liverpool City Council and the BBC. The event features an impromptu Speakers’ Corner, a Book Exchange, Poetry Waiters, a Literary-themed Café and much more.

The second major event will be held at London’s Southbank Centre where Continue reading