April Panelists

April 9th, 2018

John Connolly- 'The Woman in the Woods'

John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968.  His debut novel, Every Dead Thing, immediately launched him into the front rank of mystery thriller writers, and each of his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers.   His crime anthology, Books to Die For, edited with Declan Burke was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and the Macavity Awards for Best Non-fiction.   He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2016 he won the CWA Short Story Dagger with history; 'On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier’ from Night Music:  Nocturnes Vol 2.

Rachel Abbott- 'Come A Little Closer'

Rachel Abbott, born and raised in Manchester, founded her own

interactive media company in the 1980s, before selling it and retiring

in 2005. She then moved to Italy where she worked on the

renovation of a 15th century Italian monastery, and it was here that,

one day, she found herself snowed in and decided to begin writing

for pleasure. This became her debut novel Only The Innocent, which

she went on to publish via Kindle Direct Publishing, topping their

chart for 4 weeks.

Stuart Turton- 'The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle'

Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist who has previously worked in Shanghai and Dubai. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his debut novel. TV rights have been optioned by House Productions. Stuart is the winner of the Brighton and Hove Short Story Prize and was longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition. He lives in West London with his wife. @Stu_Turton

Leigh Russell- 'Class Murder'

Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act, Killer Plan, Murder Ring, Deadly Alibi and Class Murder. The series has sold over a million copies worldwide. Cut Short was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, and Leigh has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Her books have been #1 on Amazon Kindle and iTunes with Stop Dead and Murder Ring selected as finalists for The People’s Book Prize. Leigh is chair of the CWA’s Debut Dagger Award judging panel and is a Royal Literary Fellow. Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English and American Literature. She is married with two daughters and a granddaughter, and lives in London.

Barry Forshaw- Moderator

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

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