The inaugural Capital Crime Festival takes place in London from 26th to 28th September, that’s only a few weeks away now! It promises to be a fantastic celebration of books, films and TV and I have no doubt it will become one of the most important dates on the calendar for crime festival goers in the years to come. The organisers have pulled out all the stops from day one –  there are 130 authors, actors and industry insiders on the programme, so that means plenty of chances to bump into your favourite writers. On the schedule are: book talks, topical discussion panels, one-to-one interviews, film screenings, big awards, author signings and the odd drink or two (hopefully!). This is a major international event and the topics for the panels are too varied to mention here but they go way beyond the boundaries of the capital. Some of my favourite authors are attending and here’s a selection of titles by Capital Crime authors that I really recommend. (Click on the titles to access the full reviews.)

The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

When Trouble Sleeps by Leye Adenle

The Closer I Get by Paul Burston

One Way Out by AA Dhand

Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen

The Island by Ragnar Jónasson

Under the Wig by William Clegg

The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan

Historical Noir by Barry Forshaw

The Most Difficult Thing by Charlotte Philby

The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby

To the Lions by Holly Watts

Our House by Louise Candlish

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris

You probably guessed that I’ll be attending Capital Crime and that I’m pretty excited about it. If you’re there too, look me up.

Paul Burke
September 2019