BOOK FESTIVAL – Six of the Best Crime Writers


AS AN occasional series as part of the Book Festival 2018, we are publishing sets of Six of the Best Authors of certain genres. 

This collection celebrates some of the Best Crime Writers at this years Festival.

1. Val McDermid

2. Ian Rankin

3. Jo Nesbo

4. John Harvey

5. Stephanie Merritt

6. Gunnar Staalsen


  1. Val McDermid
    The worldwide launch of her novel Broken Ground was on the 16th of August at the Book fest, another in the chillingly entertaining series of bestsellers featuring DCI Karen Pirie.
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  2. Jo Nesbo
    His latest bestseller, Macbeth, is a fresh take on Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’, relocating it to a police department where Inspector Macbeth is plagued by paranoia.
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  3. Ian Rankin
    With John Rebus now celebrating 30 years of crime-solving, fans continue to have an insatiable appetite for more of Ian Rankin’s iconic creation. In a House of Lies comes out in the autumn.
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  4. Stephanie Merritt
    Merritt steps aside from her historical crimewriting pseudonym, S J Parris, to create While You Sleep, in which a remote island abode is either cursed or being used for sinister intentions.
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  5. John Harvey
    In 2014 the publication of the final Charlie Resnick thriller marked Harvey’s retirement. Now, he has returned with positively his last novel of all; the ultimate episode in his darkly compassionate Frank Elder series.
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  6. Gunnar Staalsen
    On Sunday 26th, David Mark and Gunnar Staalesen offer their reasons behind such longevity with the former having penned Scorched Earth, his seventh DS McAvoy title, and Staalesen continuing the Varg Veum series which began in 1977.
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