I'm very excited to be going to First Monday Crime this Monday!
This brilliant event is held in London EACH MONTH (except August). It's usually the first Monday (giving the event its name) but if there's a bank holiday, it's the second Monday instead. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet other members of the crime fiction community (readers, writers, publishers), share your love of books and hear about the latest crime fiction.
This Monday (5th September), you can hear Daily Telegraph Crime Fiction reviewer Jake Kerridge interviewing four talented authors - Sophie Hannah, Rod Reynolds, Tim Weaver and Jane Corry - about their latest books, their writing and their passion for crime fiction/thrillers. You buy their books at the event and get them signed. And even though it's less than two days away, it's not too late - you can still buy tickets here.
I've read both of Rod Reynold's books - The Dark Inside and Black Night Falling - and they're both fantastic. Click below to read my reviews:
The Dark Inside
'A great 'modern classic' thriller. It's written at a fast pace in an authentic 1940s voice, which really brings the book to life. This is a highly atmospheric debut that will keep you guessing until the end.'
Black Night Falling
'This is a book that you won't want to put down. I was so immersed in the plot that I didn't even notice the time and finished it in the early hours. It's a winning formula of intriguing plot, believable characters and fascinating setting.'
I also recently read Sophie Hannah's second Hercule Poirot book, Closed Casket. This whisked me back to my teenage years, when I devoured all of the original Agatha Christie books. Sophie Hannah is truly a master at intrigue and suspense. Closed Casket felt authentic in both language, characters and plot and kept me guessing all the way through. Full review to come.
October isn't too far away!
If you can't make this month, there's always October, with SJ Watson, Stuart Neville, Antonia Hodgson and William Ryan, all being interviewed by Karen Robinson, editor of The Times/Sunday Times Crime Club. Buy your tickets here in advance. It's going to be BIG, so make sure you don't miss out!
About First Monday Crime
First Monday Crime is held in the College Building of City University on St John Street (not far from Angel Tube station). It's a combination of festival-style panel, starting at 6.30, followed by an informal social in the bar up the road.