Thursday 23rd January at 7pm; Rossiter Books, Monmouth – Ticket £5;
Mark McCrum, author of three whodunnits in the Francis Meadowes series, considers the rules and requirements of classic detective fiction, and explains some of the tricks that go into creating clues, red herrings, intriguing suspects and a surprising murderer.
Mark will also talk about and sign copies of his new book, Murder Your Darlings and the paperbacks of the previous two books in the series.
Murder Your Darlings:
Francis Meadowes is soaking up the late summer sun in Italy, running a creative writing course at the beautiful Villa Giulia, deep in the remote Umbrian countryside. Recruited by the villa’s owners, Stephanie and Gerry, Francis’s students include snooty, irritating Poppy and her ex-ambassador husband Duncan, eccentric Northern Irishman Liam, quirky, self-styled ‘Hampstead Jewess’ Zoe, bossy Scottish Diana, kooky young American Sasha, mysterious ‘spy’ Tony and restless civil servant Roz.
But what should be a magical week under the Italian sun turns into something far more sinister when one of the group is found dead, and the local police quickly turn to Francis for help. Uncovering betrayal, lies, secrets and old scores to be settled, Francis soon realizes something very dark is lurking beneath the genteel and civilized veneer . . .