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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is one of the world’s best-selling novelists to date, as well as a cherished national treasure. Christie’s collection of intriguing sagas and mysteries have proven the test of time; never going out of style.

Allan Mallinson

Allan Mallinson is a former army officer of thirty-five years’ service worldwide. As well as creating the bestselling Matthew Hervey series of novels, he is the author of Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded.

Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell is one of the most well-known historical authors to date. Cornwell is best known for his creation of the Sharpe series, starring the much-loved and daring Richard Sharpe.

Chris Brookmyre

Chris Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. Brookmyre has published eighteen novels to date, the latest being Black Widow.

David Hewson

David Hewson is a contemporary British author, best known for his series of mysteries featuring the young detective and art lover Nic Costa. The author's debut novel, Shanghai Thunder, was first published in 1986 and has developed a hugely successful readership following.

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, number one New York Times bestselling Outlander series, which has now been adapted into a hugely successful drama series. The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander and has continued with seven bestselling novels.

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her best-selling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—an unprecedented achievement. 

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. Ian’s first novel Summer Rites remains in his bottom drawer, but his second novel, The Flood, was published in 1986, while his first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. 

James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is an award-winning American author of mysteries. He is best known for his Dave Robicheaux series. He has won an Edgar Award for Black Cherry Blues and Cimarron Rose. James has also been presented with the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

John Sandford

John Sandford is an American novelist and former journalist who has won various awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Sandford’s early series would prove to grow a huge readership and following, particularly for the Prey series, starring Lucas Davenport.

Julian Stockwin

Born in 1944, Julian Stockwin soon developed a love for the sea in his home town of Basingstoke. Having an uncle, Tom Clay, who was a seaman in square-rigged ships and had sailed around Cape Horn in the Cutty Sark, the sea was in his blood.

Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein is an American author and former prosecutor focusing on crimes of violence. Her previous career path, before turning towards writing in 2002, has shaped the form of her Alexandra Cooper series, following the life and cases of a Manhattan prosecutor.

Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty four. Lucinda is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has topped the bestseller charts in several European countries. 

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time, her modern fiction centralises around current issues including: addiction, depression, domestic violence, the glass ceiling and serious illness - all written with compassion, humour and hope.

Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies. 

Peter James

Peter James is an international best-selling British writer of crime fiction. James has written 28 novels, including the best-selling crime thriller series featuring Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace,

Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr is a British author and is writer of both adult fiction and non-fiction. Kerr is best known for the Bernie Gunther series of historical thrillers set in Germany and elsewhere during the 1930s, the Second World War and the Cold War.

Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the hugely successful Millenniumseries of crime novels, which were published posthumously. Larsson lived much of his life in Stockholm and worked there in the field of journalism and as an independent researcher. 

Tim Weaver

Tim Weaver is an English writer primarily known for his crime thrillers featuring missing person’s investigator David Raker. Weaver’s latest novels, What Remains and Never Coming Back were Richard and Judy Book Club selections.

Val McDermid

Val McDermid is a hugely celebrated Scottish ‘Tartan Noir’ crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels featuring Dr. Tony Hill.

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