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There’s Been a Murder Pick of the Edinburgh Book Festival Saturday 12th August – Tuesday 15th August 2017

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Saturday 12th August

Paula Hawkins

6:45pm – 7:45pm 

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

 £12.00, £10.00

DIVING FOR DEAR LIFE

The Girl on the Train was not only a huge number one bestseller in 2015 (smashing all manner of Dan Brown-shaped chart records), it also became a massive success in cinemas a year later. Zimbabwe-born Paula Hawkins’s second novel, Into the Water, has had fans turning pages at a furious pace as her central character Jules digs around for the truth behind her sister’s mysterious death.

Angus Peter Campbell & Iain F Macleod

 Sat 12 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

OF MASKS AND MURDERS

An award-winning poet and novelist in both Gaelic and English, Angus Peter Campbell’s Memory and Straw is a novel about artificial intelligence and a quest for authenticity that ranges from New York to Rome via the Highlands. In Gaelic novelist Iain F Macleod’s Dioghaltas, a police inspector returning to Lewis quickly finds he has three murders to cope with.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich with Val McDermid

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

A MURDER MEMOIR

The Fact of a Body is an enthralling piece of non-fiction storytelling. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich came face to face with a child murderer on death row during a law internship. A fierce opponent of the death penalty, she was shocked to find herself overcome by the urge to see him dead. Digging deeper into the man’s case, she realized something in his story was unsettlingly familiar. Marzano-Lesnevich reveals how her experience forced her to face her own story and unearth long-buried family secrets. She talks to Val McDermid.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/alexandria-marzano-lesnevich-with-val-mcdermid

Sunday 13th August

James Runcie

11:45am – 12:45pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

GOODBYE TO GRANTCHESTER

In Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love, the sixth and final book in James Runcie’s Grantchester Mysteries, we have moved forward to the 1970s and our amateur detective priest finds himself investigating drug-dealing hippies. An engagingly witty talker about his work, Runcie has also had the satisfaction of seeing it become a prime time TV success. Chaired by Allan Little.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/james-runcie-1-9670

Mario Giordano & Tim Walker

 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Bosco Theatre (George Street)

£12.00, £10.00

CRIME WITH THE SUNNY SIDE UP

Not all crime’s streets are dark and mean. Bavaria-born Mario Giordano’s eccentric protagonist heads for the Med in Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, while Brit Tim Walker opts for a Californian coast setting in Smoke Over Malibu, described as ‘Lovejoy meets Lebowski’, where the theft of a vintage cookie jar sparks an ‘inaction thriller’. Two reminders that soft-boiled mysteries can be fun too. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Jorn Lier Horst

 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00
PUTTING THE EURO HEAT ON COLD CASE

Christmas 1983 in a small Norwegian town, a young police officer investigates an unsolved mystery which will shape his life for the coming years. Jorn Lier Horst devotees will be delighted to learn of the prequel to the bestselling William Wisting series, When It Grows Dark

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/jorn-lier-horst-denzil-meyrick-9974

 

Martin Holmén & Michael J Malone

 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

CRIME ACROSS A COLD-BLOODED CONTINENT

Our thirst for compelling European crime fiction seems unlikely to ever be quenched, so thank goodness for the likes of Martin Holmén and Michael J Malone. The former’s Down for the Count is a no-holds barred Swedish thriller about a former boxer hell-bent on vengeance having just been released from jail, while the latter’s Dog Fight has been dubbed as Glasgow’s Fight Club. Chaired by Joe Haddow.

Monday 14th August

Russel D McLean & Karolina Ramqvist

 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

WOMEN ON THE EDGE

Two women are left picking up the pieces when their boyfriends disappear leaving behind debt, danger and despair. Russel D McLean’s fantastically entertaining modern noir, Ed’s Dead, has bookshop worker Jen accidentally killing her drug dealer boyfriend. The White City is the celebrated bestseller from Karolina Ramqvist, an intimate portrayal of a woman’s downfall through her complicit relationship with the world of crime.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/russel-d-mclean-karolina-ramqvist

Stuart MacBride

 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

MURDER, HE WROTE

Aberdeen’s Stuart MacBride steps away from Logan McRae and Ash Henderson, the characters who have regularly planted him in the bestseller list, for A Dark So Deadly, a stand-alone thriller featuring DC Callum MacGregor. Having been demoted to a squad of misfits, MacGregor stumbles upon a huge case when a mummified body turns out to have been the work of an appalling serial killer. Chaired by Brian Taylor.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/stuart-macbride-4-9990

 

Tuesday 15th August 

Peter Robinson

 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

CRIME FICTION DOES PAY

When it comes to long-running detective series in the UK, the pile-up of DCI Banks stories are leaving most of the rest behind. Sleeping in the Ground is the 24th instalment and revolves around mass murder at a church wedding. Peter Robinson tells us how a writer keeps the energy and inspiration going when it comes to a single crime-solving character.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/peter-robinson-2-10010

 

For more information about these and other events going on you can check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival at https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/, Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/edbookfest/, Twitter page at https://twitter.com/edbookfest/ or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/edbookfest/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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