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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Don't Make me Laugh

CrimeFest Friday 10 May 2019
11:20 - 12:10

Humour in Crime Fiction is
discuussed, and I am sure laughted about by:

Ruth Dudley Edwards is an historian and journalist. The targets of her satirical crime novels include academia, the civil service, the House of Lords, the Church of England, literary prizes and political correctness. She won CrimeFest’s Goldsboro Last Laugh Award for Murdering Americans (2008) and Killing the Emperors (2013), as well as the CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger for Aftermath: The Omagh Bombings And The Families’ Pursuit Of Justice (2010).

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of adult and young adult thrillers, including The Donor (2011) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and is now a major drama for BBC1. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia. She now lives in Glasgow with her husband.

Mike Ripley appeared on the crime scene thirty-one years ago with his award-winning Angel comedy thrillers. He has been a crime critic for the Daily Telegraph and a scriptwriter on Lovejoy. As editor for Ostara he has republished almost a hundred out-of-print crime novels. His ‘reader’s history’ of British thrillers, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, won CrimeFest’s 2018 H.R.F. Keating Award for non-fiction. He is currently the ‘continuation’ author for Margery Allingham’s golden Age hero Albert Campion. Website:

M.B. Vincent is a married couple. She writes romantic fiction; he writes songs and television themetunes. They've even written musicals together. They work at opposite ends of the house, and they meet in the middle to write about Jess Castle and Castle Kidbury, the West Country's goriest market town. Their debut novel Jess Castle and the Eyeballs of Death was published in 2018.

Peter Guttridge is participating moderator
Peter is the author of six comic and seven non-comic crime novels. The sixth in his Brighton series, Swimming With The Dead, is just out. The seventh, The Lady of The Lake, will be published in November this year. He also writes short stories for various anthologies, including CrimeFest’s Ten Year Stretch.

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