Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, July 19

I’ll be in Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July. In addition to general bar and event-lurking you’ll find me chairing a panel on the Saturday dedicated to unravelling the mysteries of forensic detail and research.

Dave Barclay, Paul Finch, Elizabeth Haynes and Tony Thompson will be there to talk about their experiences with forensics, gangsters and police procedure, how they approach their material, the differences between fact and fiction, and how important it really is to get the details right.

More details here

Events, Writing

Launching The House of Dolls in Amsterdam

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If you’re launching a new crime series set in Amsterdam there really is only one place to do it: Amsterdam Book Center, one of Europe’s finest English-language book stores and a real city institution. I’ve been going to ABC ever since I first started visiting Amsterdam years ago. And it’s a real pleasure to say we’ll be bringing the new Pieter Vos series into the world with the first book, The House of Dollsat a special event there on April 25th.

As befits ABC this will be no ordinary book launch. Along with the usual signings I’ll be giving an illustrated talk on how The House of Dolls came about under the title ‘Where Books Come From’. This will cover some of my own thoughts on why sometimes it’s best to write about what you don’t know.

It should be a fun evening, not least because it happens during that fantastic weekend called King’s Day when the city is in party mood everywhere. Can’t wait…

For Dutch readers the local version of the book, Poppenhuis, will be available from Boekerij in June. It’s already creating a lot of interest in the Netherlands… and I will have more news on that front to disclose in Amsterdam when we launch.

More details and bookings here. You can read more about the background to the book and see some of my research photos and videos here.

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Looking forward to CrimeFest 2014 in Bristol

CrimeFest has really established itself as one of the UK’s premier book events over the past few years. It’s always a pleasure to return. You’ll find the very busy programme running across four days here.

I’ll be appearing on Saturday May 17 as part of Audible’s panel on audiobooks, with fellow author Peter James, Adam Bromley (Producer) and Kris Dyer (Reader), moderated by Audible’s Stacy Patton. Neat timing since this is just three days before the release of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel with Richard Armitage narrating.

On Sunday May 18 you’ll find me moderating a panel on international crime with Chris Carter (USA), William Ryan (Russia), Michael Stanley (Botswana) and Jake Woodhouse (Holland).

And I’ll be lurking round all the usual places too over the weekend. So do say hello if you’re there.