Crime Writing: Classic to Contemporary Arts and Literature

Thursday 28 June 2018 #E365

‘Why are we so fascinated by crime…

… from both the pages of fictional detective novels, crime dramas and movies, to the utterly addictive murders in our tabloids, broadsheets and on our television news’?
Peter James

This is an amazing opportunity to listen in whilst three Northern crime writers discuss the enduring appeal of crime fiction, ranging from Agatha Christie and the other classics to present day mysteries.

The Evening – approximately 2 hours:
Part One: The authors will talk about classic crime; each one picking a classic author who has influenced them and explaining why it was a positive influence and why that author is still worth reading. They will be bringing with them some rare books by a couple of the authors chosen.
There will also be some discussion about real life crime and how it has influenced crime fiction (eg Lindbergh kidnapping and Murder on the Orient Express).
There will then be a quiz covering both classic crime and the authors’ books.
Interval: refreshments; with the opportunity for the audience to mingle and to look at the old books and, if desired, buy some new ones by the authors present.
Part Two: A conversation about how the authors work as contemporary crime writers.
There will then be the opportunity for questions about the authors’ books, approach to writing, etc.
After this, the quiz answers will be given and the winner will get a signed book from each author.
At the end of the evening there will be a further opportunity to buy the authors’ books if so wished.

The Authors:-

Martin Edwards is an author of crime fiction and long time resident of Lymm... A member of the Murder Squad collective of crime writers, Martin is Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and in 2015 he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club. He is also Archivist of the CWA and of the Detection Club.
Martin is internationally recognised as an expert on crime fiction, and is the author of The Golden Age of Murder, a ground-breaking study of classic detective stories written between the wars. The book has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating, and Macavity awards for the best non-fiction book of the year, and was also shortlisted for both an Anthony award and the CWA Gold Dagger for non-fiction.
Martin has not only written many critically acclaimed and very popular crime novels, but also short stories, crime anthologies, crime fiction, true crime, legal writing,  reviews  and his own Blog.  Have a look at Martin’s website at or his blog at

‘Martin Edwards is widely recognised as a leading authority on the crime fiction genre’.
‘Martin Edwards has earned distinction in every area of the crime-fiction field’, said Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in July 2016.

Sarah Ward is the author of three crime novels –  In Bitter Chill,  A Deadly Thaw and A Patient Fury which are set in the Derbyshire Peak District.
She is one of the judges for The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel and particularly loves reading translated crime fiction.
In addition to writing and reviewing, she also teaches crime fiction workshops, moderates book events and gives talks on Nordic Noir, Golden Age Crime and other aspects of the crime novels. Sarah’s website is at
‘Ward’s superb police procedurals have an atmosphere all of their own and it’s not just the majestic but creatively menacing backdrop, and the superb evocation of insular, small town Bampton… these fast-paced, character-driven stories put the spotlight firmly on the cruel complexities and human dramas that lie behind family life’.    Read a review of Sarah’s latest book “A Patient Fury” by following this link.

Kate Ellis.  Kate’s novels feature archaeology graduate Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson who fights crime in the ‘mean streets’ (or should it be ‘mean lanes’?) of South Devon.  Each story combines an intriguing contemporary murder mystery with a parallel historical case. She has also written five books in the spooky Joe Plantagenet series set up in North Yorkshire and the first novel in a new historical trilogy set in the aftermath of the First World War as well as many short stories for crime fiction anthologies and magazines. Kate was elected a member of The Detection Club in 2014. She is a member of the Crime Writers Association and Murder Squad. Kate has been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library and she is currently working on her twenty third Wesley Peterson novel.

You can find out much more about Kate’s writing and all of her books at her website here.


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Thursday 28 June 2018 @ 20:00

Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start

Lymm Hotel
Whitbarrow Road, Lymm WA13 9AQ

0344 879 9047


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