Discover local crime fiction in a series of fascinating library talks

Join us for a series of engaging talks featuring six of our favourite crime writers from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 September, 3 October and 7 November at the Jubilee Library.

Each talk is hosted by local crime writer William Shaw and brings together 2 celebrated authors to talk all things murder, tension and mystery.

Find out what inspires the authors to write, how they choose the locations for their books and their techniques for plotting story lines and developing characters.

As well as learning the authors’ modus operandi, you will have the opportunity to find out more about their latest books and the chance to purchase signed copies.

To attend the talks, reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite. Please consider making a donation at the event to support our libraries.

September – Elly Griffiths & Lesley Thomson

In the first talk of the series on Tuesday 5 September, we’ll welcome authors Elly Griffiths and Lesley Thomson.

Elly Griffiths’s Dr Ruth Galloway series made her one of the UK’s best loved novelists. The latest book in her historical series ‘The Brighton Mysteries’ will be published in October this year.

Lesley Thomson’s book ‘A Kind of Vanishing’, set at Newhaven’s Tide Mills, won the People’s Book Prize and sold a quarter of a million copies. She’s the author of the acclaimed crime novels ‘Death of a Mermaid’, ‘The Companion’ and the Detective’s Daughter series.

William Shaw, the author of the DS Alexandra Cupidi books set in Dungeness and gripping adventure thrillers, will provide his insights and guide us through each talk.

October – Graham Bartlett & Jack Jordan

The second talk will take place on Tuesday 3 October with authors Graham Bartlett and Jack Jordan.

Graham Bartlett policed Brighton & Hove for 30 years, rising through the ranks to become Chief Superintendent and its police commander. He wrote the non-fiction book ‘Babes in the Wood’ and best-selling crime novels books ‘Bad For Good’ and ‘Force Of Hate’.

Jack Jordan’s remarkable Sunday Times bestseller ‘Conviction’ was published earlier this summer on the back of his previous novel ‘Do No Harm’.

November – Dorothy Koomson & Nadine Matheson

The final talk of the series will welcome authors Dorothy Koomson and Nadine Matheson on Tuesday 7 November.

Dorothy Koomson is a multi-million selling author of romance and crime, whose books have been translated into over 30 languages.

She put Brighton & Hove on the map with ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ and ‘All My Lies Are True’ and is the author of psychological crime fiction ‘My Other Husband’ and ‘I Know What You’ve Done’.

Nadine Matheson is one of the most celebrated of a new generation of crime writers, emerging with the excellent ‘The Jigsaw Man’ and ‘The Binding Room’. When she’s not writing, she works in London as a criminal defence solicitor.

A fantastic line up

Councillor Maureen Winder, deputy chair of the Equalities, Community Safety & Human Rights Committee, said: “I am very pleased to invite all literature lovers to another exciting event organised by our library.

“The library has put together a fantastic line up, creating a wonderful opportunity to get to know the established and up-and-coming crime fiction authors.

“Come along to enjoy compelling discussion and discover new additions to your bookshelf, some even set in familiar locations in and around our city.”