May First Monday

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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CHRIS BROOKMYRE was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain’s leading crime novelists. His Jack Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone. His last book, Black Widow, won the McIlvanney Prize 2016 for Best Scottish Crime novel.


Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, drawing her into a trap she may not escape alive.

Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything.

Thrown together by a common enemy, Sam and Jack about to discover they have more in common than they realise – and might be each other’s only hope.

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JANE CASEY is married to a criminal barrister and has a unique insight into the brutal underbelly of urban life, from the smell of a police cell to the darkest motives of a serial killer. This gritty realism has made her books international bestsellers and critical successes; while Detective Maeve Kerrigan has quickly become one of the most popular characters in crime fiction.

Jane Casey has won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.

Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home to find Kate, her mother, missing and the house covered in blood. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.
Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. In the absence of a body, she and maverick detective Josh Derwent turn their attention to the neighbours. The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter definitely has something to hide. Then there’s William Turner, once accused of stabbing a schoolmate and the neighbourhood’s favourite criminal. Is he merely a scapegoat or is there more behind the charismatic façade?
As the accusations fly, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of conflicting testimonies, none of which quite add up. Who is lying, who is not? The answer could lead them to the truth about Kate Emery, and save the life of someone else.

MARK HILL is a London-based full-time writer of novels and scripts. Formerly he was a journalist and a producer at BBC Radio 2 across a range of major daytime shows and projects. He has won two Sony Gold Awards. THE TWO O’CLOCK BOY is his debut novel.


Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children’s Home was burned to the ground. Now a killer calling himself the Two O’Clock Boy is hunting all those who grew up there. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it takes to stop the murders. But he will go even further to bury the secrets hidden since the night of the fire…

Hill puts a new spin on the modern police novel, with a focus on psychological suspence and heady sense of the macabre.

‘A delight of a book that wreaks havoc with your assumptions in a delicious Highsmithian manner. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him’

MICHELLE ADAMS grew up in the UK and now lives in Cyprus, where she works as a part-time scientist. She read her first Stephen King novel at the tender age of nine, and has been addicted to suspense fiction ever since. MY SISTER is her first novel.

My name is Irini. I was given away. My name is Elle. I was kept.

All her life Irini thought she was given away because her family didn’t want her. What if the truth is something worse? Two sisters. Two separate lives. One family bound by a harrowing secret.
‘A fabulously chilling tale of two twisted sisters…grabs you by the throat from first page to last’

JOE HADDOW is the Producer of the Radio 2 Book Club and is responsible for overseeing all book content on the UK’s most popular radio station, chairing the committee that choose the Radio 2 Book Club titles, which are featured every two weeks on Simon Mayo’s Drivetime programme. He also produces and presents special book content for the Radio 2 Arts Show.
During his time running the Radio 2 Book Club, Joe has been responsible for championing many award-winning novels, including Nathan Filer’s “The Shock Of The Fall”, Terry Hayes’ “I Am Pilgrim” and Emma Healey’s “Elizabeth Is Missing”