February First Monday Crime

First Mondays is a mix between a social evening and a festival-style panel, it offers the crime fiction community –whether readers, writers or industry professionals – a place to meet, enjoy each other’s company and hear about the latest and most intriguing crime fiction around.

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Matthew Hall (formerly M. R. Hall) was born in London in 1967, he was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in law.

Whilst working as a barrister he spent his spare moments between cases writing screenplays, getting his first commission with the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. He went on to write further episodes and shortly afterwards was commissioned to create a series for the new Channel Five, Wing And A Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the best series category. Matthew wrote exclusively for the screen for ten years, producing more than 40 hours of prime-time drama for BBC1 and ITV before writing his first novel, The Coroner. Published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in 2009, The Coroner was nominated for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category. His fourth novel, The Flight, was shortlisted for the same award in 2012.

If they’re hiding something, we’ve got a right to know.
We’ve got a right to know what Kenny died for . . .

The day they’ve all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six month wait.

But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old Private Pete ‘Skippy’ Lyons is abducted and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. One still missing in action . . .

Their loved ones are left desperate for answers the Army won’t provide. How could Private Lyons have been snatched from a heavily fortified command post? And why are officers trying to disguise what happened during the mission to save him?

Their only hope lies with Coroner Jenny Cooper, who must take on the full might of the military to stop the truth being buried along with the boy soldiers. But in a town filled with secrets and rumours, it’s not only the Army that has something to hide.

Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at www.crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases.

Steph is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, before which she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Deep Down Dead is her debut novel.

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the darkest secrets of her past.

Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest amusement parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

Sheena Kamal has been a stunt double, a producer’s assistant and most recently, a researcher for a gritty TV crime drama series set in Toronto. Eyes Like Mine is inspired by one issue that kept cropping up during her research – the plight of the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

Eyes Like Mine: It’s late. The phone rings. The man on the other end says his daughter is missing. Your daughter. The child Nora Watts gave up for adoption 15-years ago has vanished and the police are labelling her a chronic runaway. No one is looking for the girl, she’s not blonde or white enough. Once a starving artist herself, transient, homeless, left for dead in dark forest, Nora knows better than anyone what happens to girls that are lost to the streets. To the girls that the police don’t bother look for. As she begins to investigate, she discovers a dangerous conspiracy and embarks on a harrowing journey of deception and violence that takes her from the rainy streets of Vancouver to the snow-capped mountains of the interior and finally to the island where she will face her greatest demon… Intuitive, not always likeable, and deeply flawed, Nora Watts is a new heroine for our time.

David Young was born near Hull and began his working life cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van before pursuing a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC’s international newsrooms where he led news teams for the World Service radio and World TV. Now a full-time author, his debut novel Stasi Child, won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.

Stasi Wolf: East Germany, 1975. Karin Müller, sidelined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing.
But Müller soon finds her problems have followed her. Halle-Neustadt is a new town – the pride of the communist state – and she and her team are forbidden by the Stasi from publicising the disappearances, lest they tarnish the town’s flawless image.
Meanwhile, in the eerily nameless streets and tower blocks, a child snatcher lurks, and the clock is ticking to rescue the twins alive . . .

Our Moderator for the evening will be Barry Forshaw, one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. Barry’s books include Brit Noir, Nordic Noir, Detective: Crime Uncovered, Sex and Film and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. Other work includes Death in a Cold Climate, British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir and the Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing Encyclopaedia. He broadcasts and edits Crime Time (www.crimetime.co.uk).