June 8: Granite Noir, Aberdeen
8.00 PM Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers play live.
June 13: Tiverton Literary Festival
7.00 PM. With Belinda Bauer.
Tiverton Lit Fest
June 14: Waterstones, Staines
7.00 PM. With Martyn Waites.
77, High St, Staines, TW18 4PQ. Tel: 01784 490404
June 16: Buckingham Literary Festival
2.30 PM. With Belinda Bauer. Festival Tent.
Buck Lit Fest
June 17: Slaughter In Southwold
3.30 PM. With Martyn Waites. Southwold Ars Centre.
Suffolk Libraries Events
June 18: Jarrolds, Norwich
6.30 PM. With Martyn Waites and Steve Cavanagh.
1-11, London St, Norwich, NR2 1JF. Tel: 01603 697150
June 19: Waterstones, Colchester
7.00 PM. With Martyn Waites and Steve Cavanagh.
The Church Hall, St Peter’s Church, North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1DZ. Tel: 01206 561307
June 20: Waterstones, Glasgow
6.30 PM. With Martyn Waites and Steve Cavanagh.
Waterstones, Sauchiehall St. Free.
June 28: Exeter Library
6.00. With Martyn Waites. £7.50 including cream tea.
July 1: Felixstowe Book Festival
1.30 PM. Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe.
Felixstowe Book Festival
July 5: Heffers, Cambridge
6.30 PM. What’s Your Poison: Summer Crime & Mystery Party
Heffers Bookshop. 20, Trinity St, Cambridge.
July 14: Beacon Literary Festival
10.40 AM. With Martyn Waites. Brookmead School, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, UK
July 19-22: Harrogate Crime Writing Festival
Harrogate Crime Writing Festival
Thursday, 19th. Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers LIVE!
Friday 20th. Richard Osman’s Room 101 Of Crime. With Martyn Waites & Laura Lippman
Saturday 21st. Harrogate Quiz. With Val McDermid.
August 23-24: Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thursday, 23rd. Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers LIVE! Spiegeltent.
Friday 24th. Mark Billingham at the Spark Theatre. With Ian Rankin.
Ed Book Fest
September 6-9: Bouchercon, World Mystery Convention
St Petersburg, Florida. International Guest of Honour.
September 21-23: Bloody Scotland
Friday 21st. Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers LIVE! Albert Halls.
Saturday 22nd. Two Crime Writers & A Microphone Live/ Bloody Scotland Quiz
Sunday 23rd. The Real CSI. With Martyn Waites & Kate Bendelow
September 27: Appledore Festival
With Belinda Bauer. Details TBC
October 6: Rochdale Literary Festival
With Lisa Cutts. details TBC
October 16-18: Iceland Noir
Reykyavik, Iceland. Guest of Honour.
AS OF JUNE 2018. Thanks to everyone who shelled out to buy/borrowed/stole a copy of Love Like Blood. I could not be more delighted with how it’s gone. The reviews have certainly been the best I’ve ever had. It never ceases to amaze me what a couple of quid and a bag of pork scratchings can get you. The paperback was published in March and is still knocking about in bookshops/charity shops/bins.
The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – an eager new beat-combo featuring myself, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville, Doug Johnstone and Luca Veste – made their debut in August last year at the Edinburgh Book Festival and, in the wake of hardly any demand at all, we have plenty of shows already lined up for 2018. Presuming the band has not split up due to artistic differences, we will soon be working on some new songs to murder and appearing live at a variety of festivals! We have gigs (as I believe they’re called) coming up at Glenrothes, Aberdeen, Beverley, Bloody Scotland and the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, as well as making a return appearance at Edinburgh in August. So invest in a good pair of ear-defenders and come along and see us.
The next book is here! The Killing Habit will be published in the UK on June 14th. It’s another Tom Thorne novel in which, once again, he teams up with DI Nicola Tanner. As with Love Like Blood, it’s inspired by a real case – one which, at the time of writing this, remains unsolved. There may of course be the odd reference to country music and, on that subject, I recently presented a documentary about the great Hank Williams on Radio 4. You can catch up with it, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095qs4j
So, I’m obviously still shamelessly pimping all manner of stuff – gobbing off at any opportunity at whichever bookshop, festival or street-corner will have me. There is a list of forthcoming events on the left of this page. Look…just over there! You do NOT want to miss a chance to come and heckle. I will sign my own books but am also happy to sign anyone else’s. I will dance for beer and small change. You can also sign up to receive my regular-ish newsletter which always has lots more information, lovely pictures and some cheap jokes. I don’t send them out nearly as often as I should, but the next one’s coming soon, I promise.
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Yours in crime, in country music, and in a predictably tasteless shirt,