Celebrating Coastal Crime Writing at Torquay Museum


Sue Tingey, Crime Writers Association:

We’re expecting a crime spree in Torquay on Sunday 27th November during Crime at the Coast: A SW Crime Writers’ Convention. Probably not what most people want to hear, but let me explain.

Torquay is well known as the birthplace of the most famous crime novelist of all time, but did you know that the writing of the most repulsive murder novels is still booming in and around the bay?

To help you learn more, a group of local authors, from the Southwest Chapter of the Crime Writers’ Association, will talk about detective writing and the secrets of publishing at a special one-day event in favor of the museum.

Whether you are a fan of crime novels or dream of publishing your own crime novel, this event is not to be missed.

Throughout the day, panels of authors will discuss the intersection between crime and other genres such as the novel, the historical or the supernatural; the importance of setting and location and what it adds to the story.

Also, how to get your facts right when writing a historical mystery novel; the dark and mysterious art of editing and how some of the participating authors have done it.

Michael Jecks, the author of medieval historical detective novels.

Featured authors are Stephanie Austin, author of a series of novels set in and around Ashburton; Margaret Barnes, author of three forensic mystery novels; Sam Carrington, who also writes mystery novels under the name Alice Hunter; six-time Sunday Times bestselling author Jane Corry; Helena Dixon, the author of cozy crime novels set in the 1930s; Elizabeth Ducie who writes crime novels set in the sometimes murky world of the pharmaceutical industry as well as cozy mystery novels; Richard D Handy, author of several spy thrillers and historical novels; SM Hardy, author of the supernatural detective series The Dark Devon Mysteries; Michael Jecks, who wrote more than 30 medieval historical detective novels; KJ Maitland, who writes historical crimes set around the 17th century and earlier.

Special guests Ian Hobbs from the Devon Book Club, who has an online network of over 4,000 readers, and book blogger Cherry Smith, from the Crimepedia podcast, will also join us.

During coffee and lunch breaks, authors will be available to chat and sign books, which will be available for purchase in the museum shop.

The first book in the Knight Templar mystery series by Michael Jecks.
The first book in the Knight Templar mystery series by Michael Jecks.

There will also be time at the end of the day for attendees to take the opportunity to tour the museum, including the highly relevant Agatha Christie Gallery.

Tickets for Crime at the Coast: A SW Crime Writers’ Convention are on sale at £12 for a half-day morning or afternoon ticket, £18 for an all-day ticket and £25.50 £ for an all-day ticket to include a buffet lunch. Buy your tickets at torquaymuseum.org


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