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Friday 19 April 2019

Down these Mean Streets.

CrimeFest Friday 10 May 2019
09:00 - 09:50

The Modern PI is discussed by:

Cara Black the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture. Murder on the Left Bank her latest.

Jeff Dowson who is a television writer, producer, director turned crime novelist. Screen credits include arts and entertainment features, dramas and television films. Closing the Distance, Changing the Odds, and Cloning the Hate, feature Bristol private eye Jack Shepherd. The latest, Bending the Rules, is newly released. One Fight At A Time opens a new series set in post-WWII Bristol, featuring American GI Ed Grover. Jeff is a member of BAFTA and the Crime Writers Association.

Niki Mackay who studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School, and it turned out she wasn’t very good at acting but quite liked writing scripts. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama and won a full scholarship for her MA in Journalism. Her debut novel, I, Witness was released in April 2018. Her second novel, The Lies We Tell, came out in March 2019.

Lesley Thomson whose debut,
A Kind of Vanishing, won the People’s Book Prize. The Detective’s Daughter was Amazon UK’s longest running #1 in 2013 and knocked J.K. Rowling (Robert Galbraith) to two. Lesley’s protagonist Stella Darnell is ‘one of the most original characters in British Crime Fiction’ (Sunday Times). The Detective’s Daughter series has sold over 750K copies. The most recent, The Playground Murders, is out in 2019. Lesley is writing a standalone, The Mermaid Murder.

Cathy Ace is the participating moderator
and is
known for her traditional Cait Morgan Mysteries and the cosier WISE Enquiries Agency series. Cathy’s most recent work is the psychological suspense novel The Wrong Boy, which has achieved #1 bestseller status on Amazon. Welsh by birth and upbringing, she now lives in Canada. A Bony Blithe Award winner (Agatha’s Canadian cousin), she has also been shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award.

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