So far there have been three Killer Women Weekends, as well as numerous events in libraries, bookshops and festivals in various parts of the country. The first Killer Women Weekend (2016) took place in Shoreditch Town Hall and the second (2017) in Brown’s Hotel in Central London. The 2018 Killer Women Weekend returned to the historic Courtrooms in Brown’s Hotel and featured 15 sessions running in three parallels. Unfortunately it was not possible for me to go to all the sessions at once; what follows is a description of the five which I did go to, and the titles of and participants in the others.
Elly’s latest Ruth Galloway is The Dark Angel and the series has been optioned for TV. She has another series, the Stephens and Mephisto novels, and has written a standalone, The Stranger Diaries. She also writes women’s novels under her own name, Domenica del Rosa.
The parallel sessions were: Mad or Bad: Inside the Mind of Psychopaths, in which the speaker was forensic psychology lecturer Jennifer Rees; Women on the Front Line, with former police officers Alice Vinten, Lisa Cutts and Caroline Mitchell, chaired by Jane Cassidy.
The parallel sessions were I Spy: Espionage and Surveillance in the Internet Age with Mick Herron, Asia Mackay and Luke Armitage, chaired by Sharon Bolton; and A Map for Murder: Geographical Profiling with Dr Spencer Chaney.
From Page to Screen and Back Again, Paula Hawkins and Jill Green, chaired by Alison Joseph
Fresh Blood, Rachel Edwards, Alex Reeve, Lynne Truss and C J Tudor, chaired by Sarah Hilary
stepdaughter. It opens on the day of the Brexit vote. In C J (Caz) Tudor’s The Chalk Man a group of children have been making line drawings on pavements of a figure on gallows. But then the figures start appearing of their own accord and lead the children to a corpse. Lynne Truss has written many books, but A Shot in the Dark is her first venture into crime fiction. It is a comic crime novel which is set in peaceful Brighton in 1957 and features Constable Twitten.
The parallel sessions were acclaimed thriller writer Mark Billingham in conversation with crime writer and reviewer Laura Wilson; and Capital Crimes, crime fiction set in London with M J Carter, Amer Anwar, Dreda Say Mitchell, and Chris Fowler, chaired by Lesley Thomson.
I am looking forward to the 2019 Killer Women Conference. And next year there will be an event for aspiring crime writers – watch the website, we are told!