Authors 2017

We are delighted to announce the presence of the following authors to Newcastle Noir 2017, which will be launched on 28/04 in the evening and carry on over the week-end (29/04 and 30/04).

  • David Young 
David Young was born near Hull and lives in Twickenham. He worked for three decades as a journalist including more than 25 years as a news editor with BBC World radio and TV. Now a full-time author, his debut novel Stasi Child – the first in a series of Cold War-era crime thrillers set in East Germany – was an official bestseller in the Bookseller’s Fiction chart, won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. The follow-up novel, Stasi Wolf, is being published in the UK by Bonnier Zaffre in February 2017 with Book 3 in the series due in 2018. The novels are under option to Euston Films (Minder, The Sweeney etc) for development into a TV series and the books have been sold in nine territories internationally.
Photo courtesy of Simon Bohrsmann

  • Mari Hannah
Scriptwriter and award-winning author, Mari Hannah won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut; a Northern Writers’ Award for her second book and in 2014 was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. Her Kate Daniels crime series is in development with Stephen Fry’s production company, Sprout Pictures. In 2016, she was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. She is currently reader-in-residence for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

  • Mo
Mo is a retired Detective Inspector who worked across many departments during thirty years of policing: general CID, fraud squad, drug squad and Northumbria crime squad, including undercover work. She ended her career in the Major Incident Team, the department that investigates all serious crime, including murder.

  • Lilja Sigurðardóttir 
Lilja Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic crime-writer and playwright, born in 1972. She is the author of four crime novels,  Steps (Spor), 2009, Forgiveness (Fyrirgefning), 2010, Trapped  (Gildran) 2015 and Implicated (Netið) 2016, for which she was recently shortlisted for Iceland's 2017 crimefiction awards.

Her debut stage-play Big Babies (Stóru Börnin) was staged in the winter of 2013-2014, became critically acclaimed and won the Icelandic Theatre Prize Gríman as "Best play of the year." 

Lilja´s latest book, Implicated, (Netið) was published in Iceland in October 2016 by Forlagid publishing. The rights to the novel have already been sold to France/Switzerland/Luxembourg/Canada (Éditions Métailié); World English (Orenda Books)

Implicated is the second thriller in a trilogy featuring protagonist Sonia, who gets drawn into drug-smuggling in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial meltdown. When almost-retired customs officer Bragi gets interested in her, a cat-and-mouse chase begins so Sonia needs to constantly find new and innovative ways to get the drugs through the border.

The first book in the series, Trapped was sold to France/Switzerland/Luxembourg/Canada
(Éditions Métailié); Norway (Font); Czech Republic (Leda); World English (Orenda Books)

Film rights to the story have been sold to 66 Degrees North/Palomar Pictures.

  • Howard Linskey
Howard Linskey’s north-east crime series is published by Penguin Random House.‘Behind Dead Eyes’ & ‘No Name Lane’ both feature investigative journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton, along with Police Detective Ian Bradshaw. Howard is also the author of a trilogy featuring Geordie white-collar gangster David Blake in ‘The Drop’, ‘The Damage’ & ‘The Dead’ 

Howard’s books have been published in Germany, the Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, as well as in the UK.  He is an Amazon Top-Five, best-selling author.

The David Blake series was optioned for film by Harry Potter producer, David Barron. ‘The Drop was one of the Times newspaper’s ‘Top Five Thrillers of the Year’. ‘The Damage’ was one of its ‘Best Summer Reads’ 

Originally from County Durham Howard now lives in Herts with his wife Alison and daughter Erin. 

Photo courtesy of Donna-Lisa Healy

  • Shelley Day
Shelley Day is a lapsed lawyer and academic psychologist who now writes mainly fiction. Her debut novel The Confession of Stella Moon won the Andrea Badenoch Prize, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, was published in July 2016 by Contraband, and launched to critical acclaim in Edinburgh and Newcastle.  Shelley also writes short stories and her debut collection will be published in 2017. A recent story ‘The Memory Box’ was selected to appear in the Aesthetica Magazine’s Annual in December 2016.

  • Thomas Enger
Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2009, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Thomas Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

  • Steph Broadribb
Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. 

Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Deep Down Dead is her debut novel, and the first in the Lori Anderson series. Watch out for Deep Blue Trouble in 2018!

  • Michael J. Malone
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize  from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice, and Beyond the Rage. His poetry includes: In The Raw, Running Threads and Lip Synch. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website A Suitable Lie novel marks a major departure for Michael J. Malone.

  • Luca Veste
Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Liverpudlian heritage, married with two young daughters, and one of nine children. He studied psychology and criminology at university in Liverpool. He is the author of the Murphy and Rossi series. Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, his books follow the detective pairing of DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi. The novels are set in Liverpool, bringing the city to life in a dark and terrifying manner...with just a splash of Scouse humour. His latest novel – Then She Was Gone - is the fourth outing for his detectives and the darkest case they've had to date.

  • Louise Beech

Louise Beech is fascinated with what happens after a crime has occurred; the fallout, the recovery, the long-term impact. In her second novel, The Mountain in my Shoe, she explores how the taking of a child affects those closest to him in ways none of the characters expect. Her third novel, Maria in the Moon, due for release in September 2017, is essentially about PTSD and how a woman’s quest to recover her memory results in the revelation of the most shocking crime of all. Louise is working on her fourth novel, which like her first, How to be Brave, is more of a love story. She likes to write about the light as well as the dark.

  •  Kjell Ola Dahl
One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

  • Paul Hardisty

Canadian Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels.

In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a café in Sana’a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and Director of Australia’s national land, water, ecosystems and climate adaptation research programmes. He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia. His debut thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and a Telegraph Thriller of the Year.

  • A.D. Garrett
A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper.

Margaret Murphy has published  nine  internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers under her own name – both stand-alone and police series. She is Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, her work has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. Her lifelong passion for science is reflected in her painstaking research for her novels.

In 2013, writing as A.D. Garrett, Margaret began a new forensic series, featuring Prof. Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms. Everyone Lies was a bestseller, and both Everyone Lies and the sequel, Believe No One, garnered starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly. Jeffery Deaver commented, ‘A.D. Garrett has done for Manchester what The Wire did for Baltimore. Simms and Fennimore are complex, compelling, and just plain marvellous.’ Truth Will Out, the third in the series, will be available in paperback from February 2017.

Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager. As a Crime Scene Investigator, she examined over 3000 crime scenes, ranging from thefts and fires to rapes and murders. Later, as Crime Scene Manager for Durham Police, she supervised CSIs in over 50 major incidents. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and has a wealth of experience in the investigation of crime, from simple thefts, to murders and terrorism. An author in her own right, Helen has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. She is a judge for the CWA’s Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant to both the Vera and Shetland TV series.


Twitter @adgarrett1

  • Lin Anderson
Lin Anderson has published eleven novels featuring forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod, the latest being None but the Dead. Her script inspired by her short story Dead Close, is currently in development as a feature film. Her short film River Child won a student BAFTA and the Celtic Film Festival best fiction award.  Lin is co-founder of the crime writing festival Bloody Scotland. She is currently working on a rock musical with John Sinclair, former keyboard player with Ozzy Osborne.

  • L.J. Ross
“Described in The Journal as ‘a literary phenomenon’, L.J. Ross is the author of the #1 international bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels, all based in her home county of Northumberland. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached the coveted number one slot in the Amazon Kindle UK bestsellers chart before going on to become an international bestseller. Its sequels, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield and Angel are also bestsellers and have sold over half a million copies in less than two years. Before becoming a writer, Louise studied and worked as a regulatory lawyer in London, before deciding to pursue her dream to write. Now, she lives in Bath with her husband and young son.” 

  • William Ryan

William Ryan’s Captain Korolev Novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the New Blood and Historical Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year (three times). William lectures on the Crime Writing Masters at City University in London. His latest novel The Constant Soldier has been described by AL Kennedy as “a nuanced, complex and gripping tale of guilt and love that captures the chaos at the end of World War Two."
  • Camilla Grebe
Camilla Grebe was born near Stockholm. She co-founded audiobook publisher Storyside. She has written four celebrated crime novels with her sister, Åsa Träff, about psychologist Siri Bergman, the first two of which were nominated for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year by the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy. Camilla has also written the popular Moscow Noir trilogy with Paul Leander-Engström. The Ice Beneath Her is Camilla's debut novel as a solo author and announces hers as a fresh new voice in suspense writing.

  • Erik Axl Sund
Erik Axl Sund is the pseudonym for two authors who have been friends and collaborators for years: Jerker Erikson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. Håkan was a sound engineer, musician and artist, while Jerker was a music producer and worked as a librarian in a prison. Both live in Sweden where they are now full-time writers, and also run an art gallery together. Originally written as a trilogy before being re-worked for the English language markets The Crow Girl is their first book. The complete trilogy received the 'Special Award' from the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers in 2012, with the academy highlighting the trilogy's "hypnotically captivating psychoanalysis in crime fiction form."

  • Cay Rademacher
Cay Rademacher was born in 1965 in Northern Germany, but now lives in Southern France. (Anybody who has seen both places knows why!) He has studied history and philosophy in Cologne and Washington, D.C. and is working as a journalist for „Geo“. He is also the author of several crime novels - including the trilogy on Oberinspektor Frank Stave, who is fighting crime in the ruins of British-occupied Hamburg in the 1940s. Books by Cay available in English are The Murderer in Ruins and The Wolf Children form the Oberinspektor Stave-Series and form the Capitaine Blanc-Series Murderous Mistral, A Provence Mystery (to be published by Minotaur, New York September 2017), all translated by Peter Millar.

  • Sarah Ward

    Sarah Ward is the author of two DC Childs novels, In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. Her third book in the series, A Patient Fury, is out in December. On her blog, Crimepieces (, she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world, and she has also reviewed for Euro Crime and CrimeSquad. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels.

    • Quentin Bates
    Quentin Bates made his escape from suburbia at the end of the seventies as a gap year turned into a gap decade spent in the north of Iceland. He worked ashore and at sea before returning to England and once finally ashore for good, drifted largely by accident into journalism.
    Having been told repeatedly that writing fiction was a mug’s game, there was no option but to give it a try. Sergeant Gunnhildur and the series of novels she features in have their origins in a deep affection for Iceland and its people, and an intimate knowledge of Icelandic society and its language, customs and quirks.
    Today he divides his time between the north of Iceland and the south of England, still active in an obscure branch of journalism, and translating from Icelandic to English in addition to his own fiction.

    • Alex Gray
    Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the DHSS, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English.
    Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl, Keep the Midnight Out, and The Darkest Goodbye. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

    • Katherine Woodfine
    Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire. She studied English at Bristol University and in 2005 she was highly commended in Vogue, magazine’s annual Talent Competition for young writers. She writes an award-winning blog at and her work has been published by Flax Books in the anthology Mostly Truthful.
    She lives in London and since 2009 she has worked for the literature charity Booktrust, where she is a children’s book specialist and project manager of the Children’s Laureate, working with leading children’s authors such as Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Anthony Browne.

    • Douglas Skelton
    Douglas Skelton, shortlisted for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2016, is a writer who specialises in the darker side of things: he’s a former journalist who has published 11 true crime books. In 2011 he made the leap to writing crime fiction with the hugely successful series of Davie McCall thrillers. Tag – You’re Dead is his sixth novel and the second (following The Dead Don't Boogie) to feature Dominic Queste.

    • Matt Wesolowski
    Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. He is currently working on his second crime novel Ashes, which involves black metal and Icelandic sorcery.

    • Antti Tuomainen
    Finnish Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011 Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. The Finnish press labelled The Healer – the story of a writer desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki – ‘unputdownable’. Two years later in 2013 they crowned Tuomainen ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula.

    • Luke McCallin
    Luke McCallin was born in England, grew up in Africa, was educated around the world, and has worked with the UN as a humanitarian relief worker and peacekeeper in the Caucasus, the Sahel, and the Balkans. His experiences have driven his writing, in which he explores what happens to normal people put under abnormal pressures, inspiring a historical mystery series built around an unlikely protagonist, Gregor Reinhardt, a German intelligence officer and a former Berlin detective chased out of the police by the Nazis.

    His first novel, The Man From Berlin, published in 2013, was followed by The Pale House in 2014, both of which were set in Sarajevo during WWII. The Ashes of Berlin, published in 2016, follows Reinhardt's return to his home city now under Allied occupation, with a serial killer loose among the rubble...

    He is currently at work on the fourth Reinhardt novel, set in the refugee camps of post-war Germany and among the populations displaced by the end of the war.

    • C. L. Taylor
    C.L. Taylor is the Sunday Times' bestselling author of three psychological thrillers -
    The Accident, The Lie and The Missing. Born in Worcester, Cally spent most of her childhood in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She gained a degree in Psychology from the University of Northumbria and worked in eLearning and instructional design before writing full time in 2015. Her books have sold nearly one million copies in the UK alone and have been translated into 21 languages. C.L. Taylor's fourth psychological thriller, The Escape, will be published on the 23rd March 2017. She is also currently writing a young adult thriller, The Treatment, which will be published in September 2017. Cally lives in Bristol and her partner and young son.

    • Johana Gustawsson
    Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.

    • David Swatling
    David Swatling grew up in New York, studied theatre, and escaped to Amsterdam in 1985. He produced arts & culture documentaries for Radio Netherlands Worldwide and is three-time winner of the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award, among other international honors. His debut psychological thriller Calvin's head was a 2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. He is also a managing editor of The Big Thrill, online magazine of International Thriller Writers.

    • Sarah Stovell
    Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District.

    • Nina Von Staffeldt
    Since 1997 Nina von Staffeldt has lived, worked and travelled all over Greenland with assignments for The Self Rule Government as well as within the tourism sector. Her debut novel Frosne Beviser (Frozen Evidence) was published in May 2016.  it was awarded ‘Best Danish debut crime novel 2016’ by The Danish Crime Fiction Academy. The sequel novel is planned for publication in 2017.

    • Tana Collins
    Although Tana Collins was born in Yorkshire she grew up in rural East Sussex where her only entertainment as a teenager on Saturday evening, apart from watching Match of the Day, was managing to intercept the police messages on her radio! Although she came to crime fiction later in life perhaps the seeds of her interest were always there. She spent ten years writing the Inspector Carruthers novels, all set in Fife, before securing a three book deal with Bloodhound Books. The first of her novels, 'Robbing the Dead' was published on the 14th February 2017 and the second, 'Care to Die' on 25th April 2017. 

    • Laura Wood
    Laura Wood won the inaugural Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing with her first novel, Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh’s Curse. Since then, she has been shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award and written the second Poppy Pym novel, Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx. Laura is currently working on more books in the Poppy Pym series, having just completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Warwick. She loves Fred Astaire films, travelling to far-flung places and cosy woollen jumpers.

    • Neil Broadfoot
    Neil Broadfoot’s high-octane debut, Falling Fast, introduced readers to the dark world of investigative journalist Doug McGregor and DS Susie Drummond. Widely praised by critics, crime fiction authors and readers alike, it immediately established Neil as a fixture on the Tartan Noir scene and earned him a shortlisting for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014. He's now writing his fourth in the series, which also includes The Storm and All the Devils. Before writing fiction, Neil worked as a journalist for 15 years at national and local newspapers, covering some of the biggest stories of the day.

    • Michael Wood
    Born and bred in Sheffield I have worked as a journalist and proofreader. My crime fiction novels are published by Killer Reads at HarperCollins and set in the Steel City and feature DCI Matilda Darke. My first novel, For Reasons Unknown, was released in November 2015 with the second, Outside Looking In, published in May 2016. The third, A Room Full of Killers, is released in February 2017. In December 2016, I published a prequel short story, The Fallen.

    I'm also a reviewer for CrimeSquad, a website dedicated to featuring the best crime fiction novels. When I'm not writing crime novels, I'm reading them. I'm the ultimate crime fiction fan. 

    • Daniel Pembrey
    Daniel Pembrey grew up in Nottinghamshire beside Sherwood Forest. He studied history at Edinburgh University and received an MBA from INSEAD business school. Daniel then spent over a decade working in America and more recently Luxembourg, coming to rest in Amsterdam and London — dividing his time now between these two great maritime cities. 

    He is the author of  The Harbour Master – the first book in the Henk van der Pol detective series – and several short thriller stories, and he contributes articles to publications including The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, The New European and The Field. His Henk van der Pol series is the product of time spent living in the docklands area of East Amsterdam, counting De Druif bar as his local.

    • Sascha Arango
    Born in Berlin in 1959, Sascha Arango is a renowned screenwriter and has won several of Germany's most prestigious screen awards. He lives near Potsdam. The Truth and Other Lies, a notable bestseller in Germany, is his first novel.

    • Alanna Knight
    Alanna Knight was born and educated on Tyneside and now lives in Edinburgh.  More than seventy books since first published novel in 1969. Historicals and current crime series (nineteen Inspector Faro, ten Rose McQuinn). Non fiction includes works on Robert Louis Stevenson, plays for stage and radio, numerous short stories.  Founder member and Hon President of Scottish Association of Writers, member of Crime Writers’  Association.  Her MBE is for service to literature.

    • Karen Sullivan
    Karen Sullivan is Orenda Books, a new independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction, with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and about half in translation. They were shortlisted for the IPG Nick Robinson Newcomer Award and Karen was a Bookseller Rising Star for 2016. Authors include Amanda Jennings, Ragnar Jonasson, Michael Grothaus, Michael J. Malone, Gunnar Staalesen and Kati Hiekkapelto, among many other international bestsellers.

    • Lyn Gardner
    Lyn Gardner is the author of the Rose Campion and Olivia series books. She was born in London and now lives near Richmond Park with her partner and two daughters. A theatre critic for The Guardian, she goes to the theatre five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Before she became a journalist, Lyn was a tea lady, a waitress and sold advertising space for a magazine called Sludge. Her ambitions are to learn to tap dance and walk the high wire, but it may have to be the low wire as she is a bit scared of heights!

    • Wulf Dorn
    Wulf Dorn was born in 1969. His love of mystery and suspense steered him in the direction of horror stories, but he later discovered the appeal of the thriller. Trigger was his first full length novel and Heyne Verlag’s lead title of the season. Wulf Dorn trained as a foreign language correspondent. His insight into the world of psychiatry comes from fifteen years of helping former psychiatric patients in vocational rehabilitation. He lives with his wife and his calico cat near Ulm in southern Germany.

    • Russel D McLean
    Russel D McLean is an experienced author with six previous novels to his name, five of them in the popular McNee series, published in several countries. He writes and reviews regularly for the Herald in Scotland and works as an editor and coach for emerging crime authors. He spent 10 years as a bookseller in Dundee and Glasgow whilst developing his writing and editing.

    • Susan Heads
    Susan Heads is the creator of TheBookTrail ( -The Literary Travel Agency which allows you to book a holiday via fiction. Reading your way around the world, seeing locations through the eyes of authors and their characters is a unique way to travel. Each book comes with a travel guide and interactive map to allow you to see where characters live and where mysteries unravel..
    When she's not reading, Susan is a translator, having been inspired by Passepartout from Around the World in 80 Days to learn languages and to start the BookTrail.

    • Adam Maxwell
    After cutting his teeth on a series of shorter crime stories in The Defective Detective series, the Northumberland-based writer saw his debut crime novel The Dali Deception published in 2016.  Set in the fictional northern city of Kilchester, it’s a comic-heist novel that isn’t necessarily a comedy. Although in all likelihood you will laugh a lot when you read it. Damien Walter, Columnist for The Guardian said "Adam Maxwell is the indie writing scene's sharpest wit, and the Dali Deception is his slickest, funniest - and surrealist - caper yet."

    An early-adopter at heart, Adam has ridden the wave of indie publishing and ebooks to get over a half a million copies of his books into readers hands and onto their screens. In recent times he has been sharing his knowledge on the subject with other authors to help them increase their readership.
    He has also been published by McSweeney’s and written The Lost Bookshop series of chapter books for younger readers and you can find out more about him at his website or on twitter @LostBookshop

    • Denise Mina
    After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school at 16 before doing her law degree at Glasgow University. She subsequently studied for a PhD at Strathclyde. Her first novel, Garnethill, was published in 1988 and won the CWA John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel.

    She has published 12 novels including the Garnethill series, Paddy Meehan and Alex Morrow series.  She has been nominated for many prizes including the CWA Gold Dagger and has won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice. In addition to novels, Denise has also written plays and graphic novels including the graphic novel adaptation of The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. In 2014, she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame and was a judge for the Bailey’s Prize. She has also presented TV and radio programmes as well as appearing regularly in the media. She lives and works in Glasgow.

    Denise’s major new crime novel The Long Drop, published by Harvill Secker, is based on the notorious case of Scotland’s first convicted serial killer.

    • Jackie Baldwin
    Jackie Baldwin is a Scottish crime writer. Her debut crime novel, Dead Man’s Prayer, set in Dumfries, was published by Killer Reads, Harper Collins on 2nd September 2016. For most of her working life, she has been a solicitor specialising in Family and Criminal Law. However, during the last few years, she retrained as a hypnotherapist and now lives and works in Dumfries. 

    • Elisabeth Herrmann
    Elisabeth Herrmann is an exciting new voice in crime fiction. Her novels have captivated German readers since the publication of The Sitter in 2005 and have reached a broader audience with the subsequent adaptation into TV movies of The Sitter and The Cleaner. Elisabeth lives in Berlin with her daughter.

    • Jackie McLean
    Jackie lives in Glasgow with her partner Allison and their dog Loopy.  She has a varied background, including being a government economist, a political lobbyist, and running a pet shop.  She is in and out of prison a lot (in her current job with social work services). Toxic is her first crime novel, introducing DI Donna Davenport, and was shortlisted in the Yeovil Literary Prize before publication by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.  The sequel, Shadows, is about to be published, and she has begun work on the third book in the DI Davenport series (Run). She runs Get Writing Glasgow, which is a kind of weight watchers for writers, hosted by the Waterstones at Braehead.


    1. Exciting line up! Might have to make it to this 😀

      1. It would be so good to met you, if you could! :)

    2. Wow exciting stuff, I love a good read especially crime. I've read some of these authors but not all, so I'm definitely going to come. I love the feel/smell of a book and theres nothing like finding a new auther that you like to read. Can't wait!!

      1. So glad you like the look of the line-up. We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle Noir 2017 😎

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    3. One day I would love to be on the panel! May have to take a visit!

      1. Why not come join us for Newcastle Noir 2017 & see what it's like? It would be great to see you there 😎