Shortlist Announced for Crime Novel of the Year 20...

THEAKSTON FESTIVAL ROUNDS UP SIX SUSPECTS ON CRIME NOVEL AWARD SHORTLIST The shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. As usual, it’s spectacular! Belinda Bauer – Snap Steve Cavanagh – Thirteen (will be released in the US on August 13) Mick Herron – London Rules (will be released in the US on June 5) Val McDermid – Broken Ground Liam McIlvanney – The Quaker (will be released in the US on September 17) Khurrum Rahman – East of Hounslow Belinda Bauer, a previous winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for her...

EPIC CRIME WAVE HEADS TO HARROGATE Feb18

EPIC CRIME WAVE HEADS TO HARROGATE

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has unveiled its 2019 Special Guests. This year’s Programming Chair is the award-winning author Mari Hannah, bringing icons of the genre to the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. One of the biggest-selling authors of all time, James Patterson, will make his first appearance at the Festival. Patterson has sold more than 375 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. James Patterson said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Harrogate this year and meeting my UK fans.” Jo Nesbo’s UK launch of his much anticipated new Harry Hole...

Still Time To Register! Mar07

Still Time To Register!

Register now for Murder and Mayhem in Chicago! Bringing murder and mayhem—the fictional kind—to Chicago. MMC is a one-day event featuring some of Chicago’s top mystery/crime writers and a few of their friends, too. This event is perfect for crime readers and librarians hoping to find new books to read and aspiring crime writers hoping to learn about the mystery community and writing and publishing careers. Saturday, March 17th, 2018 Gillian Flynn and Jeffery Deaver     JD Allen Heather E. Ash Eric Beetner  Raymond Benson  Terri Bischoff  Julia Borcherts Susanna Calkins Tim Chapman  Jamie Freveletti Danny Gardner  Steve Goble...

CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE HITS PLANET COMICON

This past weekend (February 16-18) saw the 19th annual Planet Comicon descend upon Kansas City, MO. Last year, Kate and I made an impromptu trip (we are crazy like that) from our home in the Twin Cities down to check out the show. Jim Steranko was scheduled to appear, and who knows how much longer he’ll be making appearances? The con was great. The city drips BBQ sauce. We had a blast. So, when the guest list for this year’s show was announced, we said to hell with the impromptu stuff, let’s plan it right. This year’s show pulled in creators from across the publishing landscape, as well as a slew of DC Comics’ heaviest-hitters. DC has had...

Benjamin Percy Signing Aug10

Benjamin Percy Signing

Went to a great signing tonight. Benjamin Percy was in town for THE DARK NET and signed at Boswell Book Company. After being introduced he talked about the inspiration for the book, he read and he answered questions. And there were some good questions. THE DARK NET is a terrific read and I would recommend it to all. Benjamin has a great reading voice and his inflections were spot on. If I didn’t already love the book this signing would have been enough to make me buy it. And I’ll tell you what, this book is in my top five of the year. Dan  interviewed him : HERE Also Dan did a review: HERE The book really is great, he’s...

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (Har...

Tomorrow I’ll take a train north from London to the idyllic town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for the annual festival affectionally known as Harrogate. (The full name, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, includes the name of the long-time sponsor, Theakston Brewing Company, and one of their signature beverages, Old Peculier ale.) Like any crime fiction gathering, Harrogate has elements that make each year unique as well as characteristics that keep readers flocking back year after year. Venue Unlike Bouchercon or Left Coast Crime, Harrogate takes place at the Old Swan Hotel each year. In addition to being a gorgeous venue, the...