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Saturday, 25 November 2017.
Welcome to the third newsletter for CRIMEFEST 2018, the year in which we celebrate its 10th anniversary! (Visit the website for PAST NEWSLETTERS.)
GIVE CRIMEFEST FOR CHRISTMAS
Do you give or receive crime novels for Christmas? If so, why not do something novel and give the gift of CRIMEFEST to your nearest and dearest (or yourself) as a festive present this year! We are planning some special events and there is a wonderful line-up of PARTICIPATING AUTHORS. (More Highlighted and Feature Guests to be announced). Also, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, all full pass holders receive a celebratory anthology of new stories by (past) CRIMEFEST authors Bill Beverly, Simon Brett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsey, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zoë Sharp, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Maj Sjöwall, Michael Stanley and Andrew Taylor. The price goes up in the new year, so buy TICKETS now to avoid the price increase.
GALA DINNER PRICE INCREASE
The price of the Gala Dinner tickets goes up to £55 on 1 January, so there’s another price increase to beat. As always we’ll be announcing the winners of the CRIMEFEST Awards (as well as the Petrona), and our Featured Guests will make a brief after-dinner speech. To register visit our TICKETS page.
And talking about the CRIMEFEST Awards, publishers have been invited to submit entries for the following awards:
– Audible Sounds of Crime Award
for best unabridged crime audiobook
– eDunnit Award
for best crime eNovel
– Last Laugh Award
for best humorous crime novel
– H.R.F. Keating Award
for best non-fiction book or (auto)biography related to crime fiction
– Best Crime Novel for Children
for ages 8-12
– Best Crime Novel for Young Adults
for ages 12-16
There is no cost for submitting titles, so all eligible authors can be nominated. Only publishers are eligible to submit, so if you are an eligible author, then please contact your publisher to ensure that they do. Visit the CRIMEFEST AWARDS or SUBMISSION GUIDELINES pages for more information.
New: The Force by Don Winslow
Winslow is regarded by the au courant as one of the best in the field; his drug crime novel The Power of the Dog is equalled in ambition by this similarly weighty study of police corruption. Sprawling and visceral, it has already been described (by Lee Child) as the ‘best cop novel ever written’.
Classic: The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene
Which novel is the best of Greene’s thrillers? Brighton Rock, with its brilliantly realised picture of a violent seaside underworld, is as strong a starting point for those new to Greene as anything he wrote, but my personal choice, on balance, is the superbly honed thriller The Ministry of Fear (1943), which demonstrates an authority and mastery of the narrative form that makes most practitioners look mere journeymen. London in the Blitz is brilliantly conjured by the author in this dazzling piece. This is an ‘entertainment’, but the moral issues here are as rigorously handled as anything tackled by Greene in his more ambitious novels.
New: All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker
(Chris Whitaker will be a participating author at next year’s CRIMEFEST.)
Whitaker’s second novel, published shortly before his debut Tall Oaks won the CWA John Creasey New Blood award, confirms him as a crime writer with a unique voice and tone. Again, we are in middle America, confronted by a case of missing persons, and with characters in turn quirky and possessed by demons. But where a Coben or a Linwood Barclay stick to classic tropes and well-engineered plotting, Whitaker prefers the detours and bizarros to bring his book and characters alive. Gripping, bleak and fascinating.
Classic: Saint Mudd by Steve Thayer
Thayer is an American author who with half a dozen or so powerful novels made a strong impact in the 1990s and then somehow faded from the scene (though his major titles have all been reissued since). Saint Mudd, his debut novel of gangsters and saints, is certainly his most memorable, the tale of a journalist inveigling the help of the fledgling FBI in Depression-era Saint Louis to combat a ring of gangsters and crooked cops. As hardboiled as your heart’s desire but also streaked with compassion and emotions, this feels like F. Scott Fitzgerald working in the pulp magazines, tough, uncompromising, characters in all shades of grey, and a compulsive plot that keeps you hooked, breathless, from beginning to end. Steve Thayer, where are you now?
(Maxim Jakubowski, the former owner of the Murder One bookshop, writes and edits fiction and non-fiction, and also reviews for Crime Time. His first crime novel in six years, The Louisiana Republic, is published next May.)
New: The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
‘If anyone is going to catch my father and return him to prison, it’s me. No one is my father’s equal when it comes to navigating the wilderness, but I’m close.’ Helen Pelletier was twelve by the time she realised that she and her mother were not living a normal life, but were the captives of her father. Dionne’s splendid UK debut novel follows the grown-up Helen’s pursuit of her father across rural Michigan in a book that combines visceral action with a beguiling fairytale quality.
Classic: A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simenon
(Subject to confirmation, John Simenon, Georges’ son, will be a guest at next year’s CRIMEFEST.)
A brand new translation of three stories that Simenon first published together in 1951. All three of them are set at Christmas time and although in most of his work Simenon often seemed to have not so much a sliver of ice in his heart as a sliver of heart in his ice, there is seasonal warmth in these tales alongside the murder and mayhem.
(Jake Kerridge is the crime fiction reviewer for the Telegraph.)
New: The Pictures by Guy Bolton
An impressive new take on a well-worn noir location: 1930s Los Angeles. Detective Jonathan Craine is Hollywood’s favourite cop, always willing to sweep scandal away from the movie industry. But his latest case, which links top showbiz names (some real) with prostitution, racketeering and murder, won’t be cleaned up so easily.
Rather than a classic title, Karen suggested a book about a classic author…
Getting Carter: Ted Lewis and the Birth of Brit Noir by Nick Triplow
(Nick Triplow will be a participating author at next year’s CRIMEFEST.)
Lively appreciation of Lewis, who may well be one of the most important noir writers you’ve never heard of – possibly because his career was prematurely ended by booze and bitterness. He loved the American hard-boiled style but focused on shabby, downtrodden English provincial locations, and his Jack’s Return Home became the film Get Carter, giving Michael Caine the role of his career. Triplow chooses GBH, published in 1980, as his greatest book.
(Karen Robinson is editor of the Times/Sunday Times Crime Club, a great monthly bulletin for crime and thriller fans.)
New: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
It begins at closing time in a zoo in an unnamed American city, where Joan is trying to hurry her four-year-old son, Lincoln, towards the exit. When she spots the dead bodies and realises that the ‘fireworks’ she heard earlier were actually gunshots, her focus shifts from trying not to be locked in overnight to keeping herself and her child alive. Over the next few hours, a deadly game of hide and seek is played out, seen from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints that include both the predators and their potential (human) prey. Tense and harrowing scenes make for some extraordinary haunting moments in this powerful, unsettling book.
Classic: The Wooden Overcoat by Pamela Branch
Christopher Fowler described this extraordinary caper as ‘PG Wodehouse meets The Ladykillers’, which is about right, although I’d say there’s a dash of Hitchcock’s black comedy The Trouble with Harry in there as well, as a cast of grotesque characters wrestle (often literally) with the problem of how to dispose of a corpse. Delightfully potty, with wonderful set pieces – the ‘picnic’ is especially enjoyable.
(Laura Wilson is an author and the crime fiction reviewer for the Guardian. Her latest novel is The Other Woman.)
CRIME BOOK GIVEAWAY
Following his excellent books about John Marquez, head of the special operations unit of the California Department of Fish and Game, and veteran San Francisco homicide inspector Ben Raveneau, Kirk Russell introduces a new series featuring FBI bomb expert John Grale. We have three signed advance reading copies of the first Grale novel, Signature Wounds, to give away. To enter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘signaturewounds’ in the subject title and your address in the body of the message before 10 December.
That’s it until the next newsletter.
Best wishes for the Festive Season,
Myles Allfrey, Donna Moore and Adrian Muller,
Friday, 06 October 2017.
Welcome to the second newsletter for CRIMEFEST 2018, the year in which we celebrate its 10th anniversary!
Other than making you aware of an upcoming price increase, this newsletter is more a reminder of various points. Having said that, we do have an exciting Shoestring competition at the close of the newsletter:
REGISTER BEFORE 1 NOVEMBER AND BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE
Please be aware that the price for a Full CRIMEFEST Pass goes up to £180 (approximately $235) on 1 November. The full pass covers entry to all panels and interviews, quizzes and one or two receptions. Visit our PARTICIPATING AUTHORS for an up-to-date line-up. To avoid the increase buy TICKETS as soon as possible and we will send you the hotel discount code.
(Alternatively, if you’re attending Bouchercon – the world mystery convention (see further down) – in Toronto, then you can sign up at the CRIMEFEST registration desk, or just say ‘hello’ and have a Quality Street chocolate and/or some Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry.)
HOTEL DISCOUNT CODE
To ensure that the hotel rooms are solely released to delegates, the discount codes are only sent on completion of registration. The rooms at the convention hotel – the Bristol Marriott Royal – (as well as the Bristol Radisson Blu, the four-star overspill hotel) tend to sell out quickly. (If you are unsure about the length of your stay next year, then we recommend you reserve a room for the full weekend as the Marriott allows you to cancel up to 48 hours prior to arrival.) So if you wish to stay at the convention hotel, register as soon as possible to receive the discount codes and reserve your room.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you are registered but have not yet received the hotel discount email.
PITCH AN AGENT / MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE
Pitch an Agent again returns in 2018 with Pitch originator Camilla Wray (from the Darley Anderson Agency), Broo Doherty (from the DHH Literary Agency) and Philip Patterson (from Marjacq Scripts). Some of the authors these agencies represent include Lee Child, Martina Cole, Stuart Macbride, L.C. Tyler, and Luca Veste. The best description for Pitch an Agent is ‘speed dating for an agent meets BBC’s Dragon’s Den’ (or Shark Tank if you are in the US). You make your pitch to all three agents simultaneously (but privately, so no public humiliation – or triumph…) If you are looking for an agent, have not previously participated, and are not commercially published, then this is for you! (Pitch an Agent is only open to delegates with a Full, Friday or Saturday CRIMEFEST Pass.) Visit PITCH AN AGENT for more information or buy TICKETS.
Also returning is the One-on-One Manuscript Assessment Service for those who are looking for feedback on a finished (or almost completed) manuscript. Based on a submitted sample of your writing, crime novelist Janet Laurence will provide constructive feedback allowing manuscripts to be submitted in the best possible format to agents and/or editors. (Manuscript Assessment slots are only open to delegates who are not commercially published, are without an agent and who have registered for a Full, Friday or Saturday CRIMEFEST Pass.) Visit ONE-ON-ONE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE for more information or buy TICKETS.
Bouchercon, 12-15 October, Toronto, Canada
The World Mystery Convention is the biggest of its kind, with hundreds of participating authors. Featured Guests include Megan Abbott, Christopher Brookmyre and Louise Penny.
For more info visit www.bouchercon2017.com
Noireland, 27-29 October, Belfast, Northern Ireland
No Alibis Bookstore, Ireland’s premier crime fiction bookshop is hosting its debut festival with a variety of crime writers from around the world.
For more info visit www.noireland.com
Killer Women Weekend, 28-29 October, London, UK
The author collective’s annual weekend of practical workshops, exclusive masterclasses and pitch sessions given by top crime writers, publishers and agents.
For more info visit the Killer Women website.
Heffers Bookshop, 31 October & 1 November, Cambridge, UK
– 31 October, Deadly Women with Alison Bruce, Sophie Hannah & Emily Waters
Book through Eventbrite, by calling 01223 463200 or in person at Heffers bookshop.
– 1 November, Nicola Upson discusses her latest Josephine Tey crime novel with Alison Graham
Book through Eventbrite, by calling 01223 463200 or in person at Heffers bookshop
The Wee Crime Fest, 3-5 November, Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland
No relation to CRIMEFEST, but wee can be beautiful.
For more info visit their Facebook page.
First Monday Crime, 6 November, College Building, Room A130, City University London, UK
A gathering for authors, publicists, agents, editors, students, and avid readers of crime fiction with Stuart McBride, Vaseem Khan, Simon Booker, Elodie Harper, and chaired by Barry Forshaw.
For more info visit the First Monday Crime website.
For some of us it is a petrifying thought that the last new episode of Shoestring was shown in 1980. Now, 37 (!) years later the complete series featuring Trevor Eve as Eddie Shoestring, the West Country based radio-phone-in-detective, is being released as a box set. Courtesy of Network we have two of the complete box sets to give away to two of you who can answer the following question:
– Which city do CRIMEFEST and Shoestring have in common?
Please email your answer by 31 October to email@example.com with your answer in the subject line.
That’s it until the next newsletter.
Myles Allfrey, Donna Moore and Adrian Muller,
Thursday, 19 July 2017.
Welcome to the first newsletter for CRIMEFEST 2018, the year in which we celebrate its 10th anniversary! We hope to be organising some special events as part of the festivities, and weekend pass holders will receive the anniversary anthology as a gift to commemorate the occasion.
In this newsletter:
– LEE CHILD AND JEFFERY DEAVER RETURN AS ANNIVERSARY FEATURED GUESTS
– REGISTER BEFORE 1 AUGUST AND BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE
– ORIGIN TICKETS IS CRIMEFEST’S NEW TICKET SELLER
– HOTEL DISCOUNT CODE RELEASED
– ARE YOU REGISTERED?
– CRIMEFEST AWARDS WINNERS
– PITCH AN AGENT
– ONE-ON-ONE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE
– INDIE ALTERNATIVE PANEL
– 10TH ANNIVERSARY CRIMEFEST ANTHOLOGY
– GOLDSBORO BOOKS UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE
LEE CHILD AND JEFFERY DEAVER RETURN AS ANNIVERSARY FEATURED GUESTS
They were there for the Bristol Left Coast Crime – CRIMEFEST’s precursor – they were there for CRIMEFEST’s 5th anniversary, and now Lee Child and Jeffery Deaver return for CRIMEFEST’s 10th anniversary. The two international bestselling authors need no introduction – immediately go to their websites and start reading their books if they do! – and we look forward to welcoming them back and featuring them in some special events. Lee and Jeff have also contributed new stories for CRIMEFEST’s 10th anniversary anthology. (See further down for more information.)
We look forward to announcing more Featured Guests soon. In the meantime, visit PARTICIPATING AUTHORS for the full line-up.
REGISTER BEFORE 1 AUGUST AND BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE
The current early bird registration fee for a Full Weekend CRIMEFEST pass is £140. However, as in previous years the rate will incrementally go up, and the first increase will occur on 1 August when the price will become £160. Tickets for the Gala Awards Dinner are currently £50, but this will increase to £55 at the end of the year. So, beat the price increases and BUY TICKETS now!
ORIGIN TICKETS IS CRIMEFEST’S NEW TICKET SELLER
Due to increasing issues with Eventbrite, CRIMEFEST’s new ticket selling platform is Origin Tickets. This new British company are pulling all the stops out to make the ticket-buying process as smooth as possible. However, no company is perfect so if you do experience any difficulties, then please feel free to contact us.
HOTEL DISCOUNT CODE RELEASED
Earlier this week we sent out an email to all registered delegates with the hotel discount codes for next year’s CRIMEFEST. (Please contact us as soon as possible if you have not yet received the hotel info email.) To ensure that the hotel rooms are only released to delegates, the discount codes are only sent on completion of registration. The rooms at the convention hotel – the Bristol Marriott Royal – (as well as the Bristol Radisson Blu – the four-star overspill hotel) tend to sell out quickly. Details of BUDGET HOTELS are listed on the website. (If you are unsure about the length of your stay next year, then we recommend you reserve a room for the full weekend as the Marriott allows you to cancel up to 48 hours prior to arrival.) So, if you wish to stay at the convention hotel, BUY TICKETS as soon as possible to receive the discount codes and reserve your room.
ARE YOU REGISTERED?
Did you register at this year’s CRIMEFEST? Then please check the website to see if you are listed and are happy that the name is shown in the way you wish it to appear on your delegate pass. If you have registered and your name does not appear, then please contact us.
CRIMEFEST AWARDS WINNERS
Once again the CRIMEFEST awards shortlists featured some fabulous names – many of which have subsequently appeared as nominees for recently announced awards! The winners of this year’s awards – who received a Bristol Blue Glass Award, a complimentary pass and panel at next year’s convention – are:
AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD
for best crime audiobook
– Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Hachette Audio / Isis)
for best crime ebook
– Laura Lippman for Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber)
LAST LAUGH AWARD
for best humorous crime novel
– Mick Herron for Real Tigers (John Murray)
H.R.F. KEATING AWARD
for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction
– Barry Forshaw for Brit Noir (No Exit Press)
BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR CHILDREN (AGES 8–12)
– Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (Puffin)
BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR YOUNG ADULTS (AGES 12–16)
– Simon Mason for Kid Got Shot (David Fickling Books)
For details of all the nominees visit CRIMEFEST 2017 AWARDS.
Also awarded at CRIMEFEST were:
150 word short story competition
Winner: Louise Mangos for Blind Love
for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
Winner: Gunnar Staalesen for Where Roses Never Die
Congratulations to the winners as well as all the nominees!
PITCH AN AGENT
After another sell-out year, Pitch an Agent returns in 2018 with Pitch originator Camilla Wray (from the Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency), Broo Doherty (from the DHH Literary Agency) and Philip Patterson (from Marjacq Scripts). Some of the authors these agencies represent include Lee Child, Martina Cole, Stuart Macbride, L.C. Tyler, and Luca Veste. Consider Pitch an Agent ‘speed dating for an agent meets BBC’s Dragon’s Den’ (or Shark Tank if you are in the US). You make your pitch to all three agents simultaneously (but privately – so no viewers!) If you are looking for an agent, have not previously participated, and are not commercially published, then this is for you! (Pitch an Agent is only open to delegates with a Full, Friday or Saturday CRIMEFEST Pass.) Visit PITCH AN AGENT for more information or BUY TICKETS.
ONE-ON-ONE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE
Also returning is the One-on-One Manuscript Assessment Service for those who are looking for feedback on a finished (or almost completed) manuscript. Based on a submitted sample of your writing, crime novelist Janet Laurence will provide constructive feedback allowing manuscripts to be submitted in the best possible format to agents and/or editors. (Manuscript Assessment slots are only open to delegates who are not commercially published, are without an agent and who have registered for a Full, Friday or Saturday CRIMEFEST Pass.) Visit ONE-ON-ONE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE for more information or BUY TICKETS.
INDIE ALTERNATIVE PANEL
Acknowledging the increasing success of self/independently published authors, one of CRIMEFEST’s panels will feature four of them. If you are a self/independently published author and would like to appear on a panel, then please visit THE INDIE ALTERNATIVE for more details on how to sign up.
10TH ANNIVERSARY CRIMEFEST ANTHOLOGY
Thanks to devoted CRIMEFEST delegate Jane Burfield, who wished to sponsor something special to mark the CRIMEFEST’s 10th anniversary, we have been able to commission an anthology of new stories, with all the proceeds going to CRIMEFEST’s longstanding charity of choice: the reading library of the RNIB. Full Pass holders attending next year receive (on a first-registered-first-serve basis) a complimentary copy of the anthology with a foreword by Peter James and contributions from:
- Bill Beverley
- Simon Brett
- Lee Child
- Ann Cleeves
- Jeffery Deaver
- Martin Edwards (editor)
- Kate Ellis
- Peter Guttridge
- Sophie Hannah
- John Harvey
- Mick Herron
- Donna Moore
- Caro Ramsay
- Ian Rankin
- James Sallis (TBC)
- Zoë Sharp
- Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
- Maj Sjöwall (translated by Catherine Edwards)
- Michael Stanley
- Andrew Taylor
So, BUY TICKETS now to guarantee your complimentary copy.
GOLDSBORO BOOKS UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE
And finally, Goldsboro Books – the book collector’s bookseller – have unveiled their new website. Visitors to the site will find a fresh blog and news section and an expanded range, all responsive to mobile devices as well as tablets. So, if you are looking for a signed book by your favourite author, then be sure to visit Goldsboro Books!
That’s it until the next newsletter.
Myles Allfrey, Donna Moore and Adrian Muller,