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...

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...

Crime Beat Dec12

Crime Beat

  The mystery community is infested with drummers.   I thought I had a unique angle. I thought that being a rock drummer who published crime fiction would set me apart from the crowd. I was very wrong. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a crime-writing musician these days. Ian Rankin fronts an Indie rock band called Best Picture. Lee Child recently teamed up with the songwriting duo Naked Blue to co-write a Jack Reacher-inspired album. There’s even a crime fiction super group in the U.K. called the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers featuring Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste and Doug...

Interview with Robert Rosenwald and Barbara Peters...

Who were the very first authors you signed for Poisoned Pen Press? Do any of them still remain with you, nineteen years later? The first original mystery we published was ONE FOR SORROW by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer. We have since published ten more John, the Lord Chamberlin mysteries set in 6th century Byzantium. In January we will be publishing THE GUARDIAN STONES, a new work set in 1941. The first title you published was a collection of essays about mystery writers in Arizona, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical. What percentage of nonfiction has comprised the PP Press list over the years? And has that...