The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 14th year, celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate from the 21st to the 24th of July. The Festival is a prominent date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.

Peter James, author of the Roy Grace series and the Festival’s Programming Chair for this year, has commented: ‘There’s something about crime fiction that makes it truly international. As well as reaching readers in all corners of the world, the writers themselves are often rooted in their homelands, opening up new vistas, street corners and backdrops, always writing themes that are universal, and increasingly so today in our shrinking world in which villains have no boundaries. 2016’s Festival will have a truly international flavour […] There will be the Giants of the Genre we’ve come to expect from a Festival as brilliant as Harrogate, and we’ll be exploring that enticing world of the page turner. Page turners have that magical ability to transport you elsewhere. To keep you hooked, desperate for the next chapter, a little bereft when it’s all over, because you want more. A bit like the Festival really… Prepare to be gripped!’

Peter will discuss the role of real life cases with his friend and advisor, former Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, at the panel ‘You Couldn’t Make It Up. Or Could You?’ on Friday at 10.00. He will also participate in the panel ‘Set a Scientist to Catch a Killer’ on Friday at 3.30.

But Peter is not the only Blake Friedmann author who is attending the Festival this year: Deon Meyer will join the conversation on South African’s crime scene at the ‘Murder Out of Africa’ panel on Saturday at 2pm, and Ann Granger will take part in the panel ‘The Golden Age’ on Friday at 2pm. Bestselling authors Paul Finch and Paul Gitsham will also attend the Festival.

Our agents Carole Blake, Julian FriedmannIsobel Dixon, Juliet Pickering and Tom Witcomb will all be present at the Festival. 


ICARUS by bestselling South African author Deon Meyer is published in the UK in paperback today by Hodder & Stoughton. Published in Afrikaans in 2015 by Human & Rousseau, ICARUS immediately shot to Number 1 in South Africa, and has just been shortlisted for the Nielsen Bookseller’s Choice Award.

Published in the US by Grove Atlantic, the novel is also sold to Le Seuil in France, Aufbau in Germany, Edizioni E/O in Italy, Tiden Norsk in Norway, Sonia Draga in Poland, Salamandra in Spain and Bruna in Holland, where Deon has also recently been announced as the author of the Crime and Thriller Book Weeks 2017.  Meyer, who has been described by the Times as “One of the sharpest thriller writers around”, broke through in the Netherlands in 2012 with THIRTEEN HOURS, which was awarded the VN Thriller of the Year award.

Deon Meyer has been in Poland for the premiere of the TV series CAPE TOWN, based on his DEAD BEFORE DYING and its character Mat Joubert, and will visit the UK for the Harrogate Crime Festival from the 21st to the 24th of July, where he will be appearing at the Murder Out of Africa event on Saturday 23rd. Deon has also been invited to attend Mantova’s Festivaletteratura, one of the biggest Italian literary festivals, in September.

ICARUS witnesses the return of Benny Griessel, struggling to stay sober, and bruised by a policeman friend’s terrible suicide. Yet the discovery of a body buried beneath the sand dunes north of Cape Town will test his willpower even further. Why was notorious Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech start-up, Alibi targeted? How exactly is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners, linked to this high profile murder? With all eyes on Benny’s pursuit to uncover the truth, he will battle not just to track down the killer, but against the siren call of the whiskey bottle as well.

Deon’s new novel KOORS (FEVER in English) will be published in South Africa in Afrikaans in August 2016 by Tafelberg, with a major press campaign. It will be published in English and translation elsewhere in translation from 2017. You can read a short extract on Deon’s website.

Deon Meyer lives in Cape Town. His books are published in 27 countries, and have been awarded many prizes around the world: the Deutsche Krimi Prize in Germany, the ATKV Prize in South Africa, and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. His novel THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger, and HEART OF THE HUNTER, was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Prize and selected as one of Chicago Tribune's '10 best mysteries and thrillers of 2004'. Most recently, the spectacular COBRA was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA International Dagger.

 Praise for ICARUS:                      

‘Excellent … The richness of the characters, especially the multifaceted Benny, elevates this above most contemporary police procedurals.’ – Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

‘Deon Meyer’s South Africa is laid bare in ICARUS […] it is as glittering and hard as the diamonds his country is famous for. […] Meyer utilises the crime fiction genre as an apparatus to create a multifaceted, unsparing picture of his country.’ – The Independent

‘Deon Meyer’s Benny Griessel series is one of the high points of contemporary crime fiction, and the fifth title, ICARUS is his best yet….[an] expertly engineered tale of sex, lies and fraud.’ – Laura Wilson, The Guardian, Crime Fiction Roundup 2015

‘Deon Meyer is not just South Africa’s greatest crime writer, he’s up there with the best in the world,as ICARUS shows.’ — Marcel Berlins, The Times

 Visit Deon's website here.

Follow Deon on Twitter.

DEATH COMES KNOCKING: Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton published today by Macmillan

DEATH COMES KNOCKING, a non-fiction book from ex-Brighton Police Commander Graham Bartlett and novelist Peter James, is published today by Macmillan.

Fans of Peter James and his bestselling Roy Grace series of crime novels know that his books draw on in-depth research into the lives of Brighton and Hove police and villains and are set in a world every bit as gritty as the real thing. His friend Graham Bartlett was a long-serving high-ranking detective in the city once described as Britain's 'crime capital'. Together, in DEATH COMES KNOCKING, they have written a gripping account of the city's most challenging cases, taking the reader from crime scenes and incident rooms to the morgue, and introducing some of the real-life detectives who inspired Peter James's characters.

Whether it's the murder of a dodgy nightclub owner and his family in Sussex's worst non-terrorist mass murder or the race to find the abductor of a young girl, tracking down the antique trade's most notorious 'knocker boys' or nailing an audacious ring of forgers, hunting for a cold-blooded killer who executed a surfer or catching a pair who kidnapped a businessman, leaving him severely beaten, to die on a hillside, the authors skilfully evoke the dangerous inside story of policing, the personal toll it takes and the dedication of those who risk their lives to keep the public safe. Graham’s memoir of a life spent in the police force touches on many of the cases that inspired the Roy Grace novels.

Peter James’ 12th Roy Grace novel LOVE YOU DEAD was published in May and has remained in the Top 10 Hardback bestseller list ever since, and his ghost story THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL was published in paperback last month and has so far spent 3 weeks in the Paperback Top 10.

Peter James has been twice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards: as popular internationally as in the UK, he is published in more than 3 dozen languages. Last year he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author Of All Time.  He is currently writing three more Roy Grace novels and two standalones for Macmillan.

Praise for Peter James:

'Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business.' – Karin Slaughter

'Exceptional, knock-your-socks-off.' – Washington Post

‘Sinister and riveting… Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world.’ – Lee Child

Find out more about Peter James at Blake Friedmann's, Pan Macmillan's and Peter’s websites and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Follow Graham Bartlett on Facebook and Twitter

UNDER A CORNISH SKY by Liz Fenwick published tomorrow in paperback!

UNDER A CORNISH SKY by Liz Fenwick is published in paperback tomorrow by Orion. This is the fourth novel by Liz to be published by Orion, who have already commissioned her next two books. Her previous novel, A CORNISH STRANGER, was published in paperback in April 2015.

In this deliciously irresistible tale set in the heart of Cornwall, Demi receives a surprising, puzzling inheritance: half of the beautiful Boscawen Estate. The conflicts that ensue and the discoveries made change her life forever.

Liz Fenwick was born in Massachusetts, now lives in London with her family, and visits her Cornish house as often as possible. Her novels are translated into 11 languages so far.


'Liz Fenwick has done something very brave: she’s stepped outside the norms of the genre to explore love, ageing and – in a wonderfully unexpected moment – society’s casually unthinking sexism.' – Vulpeslibris.wordpress.com

Praise for Liz Fenwick:

'An intriguing, deeply felt and poignant story, stuffed with insight and observation.' – Elizabeth Buchan

‘Intriguing with a great sense of place. The perfect ‘Cornish’ holiday read.’ – Katie Fforde

A second serving of Tannie Maria: Sally Andrew’s THE SATANIC MECHANIC published today!

Following the success of RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER, Canongate publish the second of Sally Andrew’s Tannia Maria Mysteries, THE SATANIC MECHANIC, in the UK today.

Meet Tannie Maria - recipe writer turned crime fighter - and before she has time to take her Venus Chocolate Cake out of the oven, our glorious heroine finds herself embroiled in another mystery. In this wonderful sequel to RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER, Slimkat the bushman finds his life under threat and Tannie Maria is determined to find out who wants to kill him. But her boyfriend is keen to keep Tannie out of danger, and she's pretty sure he's hiding something so Tannie has mysteries of her own solve… Blending a perfect whodunnit with lovable characters, Sally Andrew really does have the perfect recipe for a crime series.

Warm, funny, poignant: Sally Andrew’s irresistible heroine brings mystery, romance and amazing cooking together in the most entertaining new series in years. And all Tannie Maria’s mouthwatering recipes are right there in the book!

RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER was a Kirkus Best Book of 2015, A Wall Street Journal Best Mystery Book 2015, The Bookseller Fiction editor’s Choice 2015 and A Good Housekeeping Book of the Month. It was published in the UK by Canongate, the US by Ecco Press, Canada by HarperCollins, Australia by Text and South Africa by Umuzi, and is being translated into 11 languages.

Sally Andrew divides her time between the Cape Town coast and a nature reserve near Ladismith in the Klein Karoo, which she shares with her artist partner, a giant eland and a secretive leopard.

Sally will be at the Giraffe in Southbank Centre in London on Saturday, where she will be 'wild writing' for the whole morning: she will write for two minutes on any topic the public will give her! 


‘Vivid, amusing and immensely enjoyable read about detection (and cooking) in an intriguing part of southern Africa. …  A triumph.’ – Alexander McCall Smith

 ‘A culinary and linguistic treat … and has a pleasing bite.’ – Cathy Rentzenbrink, Editor’s Choice, The Bookseller

 ‘Sally Andrew’s Karoo is where miscreants, moskonfyt and murder are all on the menu. Thank heavens for Tannie Maria who cooks up a storm in the kitchen - but she’s just as good at cracking crime. RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER is a delightful debut.’ – Christopher Hop