As we continue to enjoy our partnership with Random House, we are inspired this month by crime novels. Every July, Harrogate plays host to a variety of criminal activity. It can be frightening, gory and shocking but is always entertaining. The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has become a highlight of the literary calendar and this year looked set to bring the very best of international crime writing to Harrogate.
The big draw this year was without doubt Robert Galbraith. Author of the brilliant new book Silkworm, Galbraith is the pen name for an author who made her name with a boy wizard rather than detective fiction. There's literary stalwarts such as Lynda La Plante and Val McDermid, as well as the writers and stars of the much-acclaimed Broadchurch discussing why the series kept the country enthralled earlier this year. There are also some fantastic new names to discover such as Eva Dolan (Long Way Home) and Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim).
The festival is the now the biggest crime-writing gathering in Europe and grows every year. The crime and thriller genre is one of the most popular and it seems we just can't get enough of getting together to discuss the darker side of life. That said, crime writers are, without doubt, the cheeriest bunch of authors you'll ever come across. Whether they are enjoying a glass of something lovely in the Hotel du Vin courtyard or debating the minutiae of forensics on stage, they are a friendly lot. Visit Dead Good - the home of killer crime books, drama and film. See more at: http://www.deadgoodbooks.co.uk