National Crime Reading Month

Online: Murderous Inspirations: Crime Novels That Inspire Crime Writers


Event Type:Panel discussion
Event Organiser:Cambridge University Library
Booking Link:https://lib-cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5hpS0tPBQJqK0pQf4v3H6w#/registration
Other Links: https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/whats/murderous-inspirations-crime-novels-inspire-crime-writers
Ticket Price:Free

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From a Golden Age classic to a foundational spy thriller and a legendary police procedural, this session will see crime writers Fiona Veitch Smith, Abir Mukherjee and Nadine Matheson discuss seminal crime novels Murder Must Advertise, Gorky Park, and Prime Suspect. Chaired by crime critic and broadcaster Barry Forshaw.

Hosted in collaboration with the Crime Writers’ Association.

Fiona Veitch Smith writes Golden Age mysteries and historical fiction. Her debut, The Jazz Files, was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger. The Poppy Denby Investigates series and the Miss Clara Vale Mysteries are set in the 1920s & 30s. She considers Sayers one of her great influences and is a member of the Dorothy L. Sayers Society. http://fiona.veitchsmith.com/

Abir Mukherjee is the author of the Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in colonial-era India. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and have won various awards including the CWA Dagger for best Historical Novel and the Prix du Polar Européen. He co-hosts the Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast which takes a wry look at the books, writing, and the creative arts.

Nadine Matheson lives in London practices as a criminal defence lawyer. She won the City University Crime writing competition and she has an MA in Creative Writing. The Jigsaw Man was her first crime novel and has been translated into fifteen languages and was shortlisted for the Diverse Book Awards. Nadine is also the host of, ‘The Conversation with Nadine Matheson’.

Barry Forshaw writes on crime fiction and film for such papers as the FT. Books include Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, the Keating Award winner Brit Noir, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia (also a Keating winner), Simenon and British Crime Film. He provides extras for Blu-rays & edits Crime Time.

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