Bodies in the Bookshop, Cambridge Union Society – 14th July

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On Saturday 14th July I shall be joining fellow crime writers at the Cambridge Union for a series of themed talks and discussions on the subject of crime fiction in an event organised by Heffers Bookstore. To find the location, go to .

10am Crime Through Time – I’ll be first on with fellow authors Jane Finnis and Ruth Downie in a panel session called Crime through Time taking you on a journey through time and space as we talk about historical crime fiction in the time of the Romans and in the 18th and 19th Centuries in England.

Below is the rest of the day’s events as they appear on the Internet.

11am Experts in Murder
Nicola Upson, Catriona McPherson and Laura Wilson give us a glimpse of a pre-war world of murder and mystery which their canny heroes and sharp heroines set about solving, while Sally Spedding adds a more sinister edge to the historical theme.

12 noon Poison in the Parish
Settle in with Ann Purser, Veronica Heley, Rebecca Tope and Jayne Marie Barker who will be discussing mysteries with a distinctly English and traditional character.

1pm Break for Lunch
Lunch will be available at the Union Cafe
1.30pm Crime Through Time II
Follow Ros Barber and Rory Clements to the criminal depths of Tudor England while Chris Nickson and Robin Blake transport us to the 18th century and Peter Moore sheds light on the true crimes which took place in a rural Georgian village.

2.30pm Scene of the Crime
Jim Kelly, Alison Bruce and Elly Griffiths discuss their novels set in Cambridge and the surrounding area, bringing crime a little too close for comfort.

3.30pm International Intrigue
Roger Morris, Edward Wilson and Adrian Magson take us from prerevolutionary Russia to 1960s France via the Cold War. Detectives, spies and mysteries abound.

4.30pm Comic Cuts
Len Tyler and Suzette Hill in discussion on the funny side of crime.

5.30pm Death in a Cold Climate
Leading crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw and Quentin Bates, author of a crime fiction series set in Iceland, explore the growing popularity of Nordic Noir and Scandinavian settings. Listen out for ideas on what to read after Stieg Larsson

6.30pm Drinks reception in the Union Bar

Tickets: Adults £10, Concessions £7

Call 01223 463200 or come to Heffers to buy your ticket.
For more information email or visit the Bodies in the Bookshop facebook page or our blog at

After the panel session (and even during it) I’d be delighted to answer any questions you might have.


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