WHIPPING UP HISTORICAL STORMS
Masterchef winner Sue Lawrence is known for her cookery writing but is also an established writer of historical thrillers. Lawrence discusses Down to the Sea, a tense affair switching between modern-day and 1890s Edinburgh. Melbourne-based Angela Meyer’s debut A Superior Spectre also zips back and forth in time, and 1860s Edinburgh provides a dark setting. Hear how the city’s past sparked these authors’ imaginations, as they talk to Jenny Brown.
COLD CASES HOTTING UP
Ex-Chief Constable Bob Skinner is enjoying his 30th anniversary as a fictional character and in book number 30, Cold Case, his Scottish creator Quintin Jardine turns the screw on him once again. When a journalist uncovers fresh evidence about a case that has been closed for three decades, Skinner is dragged back to save an old pal. Hear from this prolific master about the creation of an epic series.
THE CHILLS, THEY’RE MULTIPLYING
While horror fans lap up blood and gore, the subtlety of a well-told ghost story can chill a reader to the bones. House of Glass, by Whitbread First Novel Award-winning Susan Fletcher, features love, lies and ghosts as Britain enters the First World War. Michelle Paver’s Wakenhyrst is a gothic thriller where unspeakable forces are unleashed. Join them to discuss the art of building spine-tingling suspense.
THE PAST OFFLOADS ITS SECRETS
In his new book The Courier, Kjell Ola Dahl, aka the godfather of Nordic Noir, tracks between the 1960s and the Second World War through characters haunted by betrayal and death. Mary Paulson-Ellis follows up her 2017 Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year with The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing, a historical mystery that sees a modern-day heir hunter in Scotland seeking the owner of a dead man’s fortune. They meet to discuss the power of long-dead secrets.
HISTORY’S MYSTERIES UNWRAPPED
Period thrillers don’t get better than these two new British novels by Caroline Lea and Kaite Welsh. In Lea’s stellar The Glass Woman, a windswept 17th century Icelandic village is plunged into paranoia with the arrival of a newly married couple. Welsh’s popular Victorian Edinburgh medical mystery series continues in The Unquiet Heart, as Sarah Gilchrist finds herself defending her dull fiancé against murder charges. The two writers discuss their ideas with fellow novelist Angela Meyer.
FORENSIC COPS DELVE INTO HORROR
Bestselling crime writer Lin Anderson launches her second Rhona MacLeod thriller of the year. Time for the Dead sees the forensics expert seek the truth of a horrible crime on the Isle of Skye. Grenada-born novelist Jacob Ross’s Black Rain Falling features forensics expert Michael ‘Digger’ Digson, as he finds out the lengths people go to to protect their loved ones. The pair dissect their unsettling new novels today.
FROM RUSSIA WITH HATE
Known by their distinctive tattoos, the vory v zakone (translated as ‘thief in law’) have a long and dishonourable history as a criminal underclass in the Soviet Union and Russia. An expert on transnational crime and Russian security affairs, Mark Galeotti traces their trajectory in The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia from Gulag offenders to the age of the oligarch, all examined in today’s eye-opening event with Trevor Royle.
WHERE TRUTH AND CRIME MEET
If you’re addicted to true crime podcasts, the new page-turners discussed today give you good reason to remove those headphones. McIlvanney Prize winner Denise Mina’s Conviction involves a woman plunging wrecklessly into a podcast’s unsolved mystery after she was abandoned. Acclaimed horror writer Matt Wesolowski’s Changeling continues his book series with the case of a disappeared boy. Don’t miss this event if you’re a fan of the massively popular true crime podcast Serial.
UNDER THE KNIFE
Medicine, murder and the macabre meet in Victorian London. A discovery in an anatomy school mortuary takes Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain on a high-stakes search for answers in E S Thomson’s Surgeon’s Hall. Jess Kidd’s Things in Jars sees Bridie Devine, the finest female detective in 1860s London, take on the case of a child gone missing. Hear what attracted both to set mysteries in the London fog. Chaired by Anya Clayworth.
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