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: Rochester Literary Festival
With Lisa Cutts.
October 9: Cheltenham Literary Festival
Billingham & Brookmyre are indiscreet. With Chris Brookmyre. Time TBA.
October 16: Hillingdon Festival
October 17: Dorchester Literary Festival
With Minette Walters & Lisa Jewell. Details TBA.
October 19: Whitby
The Other Half. With My Darling Clementine . Details TBA.
October 20: Beverley Literature Festival
Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers play LIVE!l. Details TBA.
October 27: Mord am Hellweg Festival
Germany. Details TBA.
November 2: Belfast
Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers play LIVE! Details TBA.
November 16-18. Iceland Noir
AS OF AUGUST 2018.
The Killing Habit was published in the UK on June 14th and I’m hugely grateful to all those who shelled out for a copy. 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 – and it will be published in paperback in March next year. It does, of course, contain 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
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, miraculously, we still have plenty of shows lined up for the remainder of 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 Beverley, Bloody Scotland, Edinburgh, Belfast and, in November, will be venturing to Reykyavik to appear as part of the wonderful Iceland Noir festival. So invest in a good pair of ear-defenders and come along and see us.
The next book is just about done. I can’t share the title just yet, but it’s another Tom Thorne novel and it’s about love. No…really! There’s murder as well, obviously. But love (albeit somewhat twisted) is at the heart of the story. More info to come, but it will be published in May 2019.
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.
I’m always wasting my life on social media when I should probably be working and it is the quickest and easiest way to make contact if you want to send a message or tell me off about something. Come and say hello…
OK, that’s quite enough yapping. I’ve got a new book to write.
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Yours in crime, in country music, and in a predictably tasteless shirt,