It’s June and another First Monday and, although we say so ourselves, we’ve come up with a cracking panel this time – oh yes, we have. Please note that this event will start at 7pm rather than our usual 6:30pm.
The evening is kindly sponsored by Penguin Michael Joseph, and there will be goody bags!
Ruth Ware worked as a bookseller before turning to writing bestsellers – her novels have topped the charts in The Sunday Times and The New York Times – and Erin Kelly says her latest The Lying Game is “a gripping, unpredictable narrative that shifts like sand underfoot, with a plot that turns like the tide”. Abir Mukherjeee grew up in Glasgow before turning his hand to crime writing. His Captain Sam Wyndham novels have been described as “a journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj” by the Daily Express and “splendid” by The Times. James Oswald has had a varied career – from wine merchant to International Carriage Driving Course builder to professional analyst of sheep – err – excrement to bestselling author of the Inspector Tony McLean series of Edinburgh-based detective mysteries. His “creepy, gritty and gruesome” novels have been shortlisted for 3 CWA Daggers and led to him being described as “the new Ian Rankin”. Finally we have Imran Mahmood – a barrister specialising in crime, Imran grew up in Liverpool before moving to London. His debut novel, You Don’t Know Me, has been described by Lee Child as ‘A daring concept executed to perfection, a hypnotic and authentic voice, and questions for us to answer as readers and people’.
This promises to be an absolutely fascinating discussion with four of our finest crime novelists being put through their paces by Barry “Mister Noir” Forshaw.