National Crime Reading Month is a unique literary festival, held throughout the UK, which promotes the crime genre, both fiction and non fiction. NCRM is designed to bring together writers and readers in order to promote the genre as a whole and writers specifically. We work with venues across the UK, libraries and independent bookshops, to arrange events which include talks, lectures, guided tours, book signings and panel events.
In the North West, we have the following:
Rebecca Fleet. Exciting debut crime writer Rebecca Fleet will be talking about her explosive new thriller ‘The House Swap’. Bolton, 4th May.
Rachel Abbott and Sharon Bolton. Award winning crime writers Rachel Abbott and Sharon Bolton will be talking about their thrilling new books. Bolton, 8th May.
Chris Simms - Chris will be speaking about his latest novel in the Jon Spicer series "Death Games". Bredbury, 9th May.
Zoe Sharp - Bestselling author Zoe Sharp, writer of the bestselling Charlie Fox series, described as a female version of Jack Reacher. 10th May, Ellesmere Port.
Also on 10th May, Kate Ellis, described by The Times as ‘a beguiling author who interweaves past and present’, will be at Sale Library, talking about her new novel, The Mehcanical Devil.
99 Reasons to join Elisabeth Carpenter for Brunch. In conversation over brunch Elisabeth will be sharing her journey to publishing success and perhaps revealing some of those local places that she likes to use as settings in her novels. Blackpool Palatine Library, 16th May.
Love Like Blood – Mark Billingham. Crime Writer Mark Billingham will be discussing the 14th book in his Tom Thorne series with Head of Blackpool Libraries Mark McCree. Tackling the difficult and emotive subject of honour killings in the UK this shocking and topical thriller has received much critical acclaim. Blackppol, 16th May.
The 16th May is clearly a busy date for crime authors, as TM Logan will also be talking at Blackburn Central Library on that day. He'll be talking about his " sensational new page-turning thriller" 29 Seconds. One to watch, as T.M. Logan's first book was the bestselling psychological thriller Lies which was published in 2017 and has sold more than 300,000 copies in the UK.
Caroline England. Caroline is a former divorce lawyer, now a full time author. Her debut novel Beneath the Skin, a beautifully written dark psychological thriller, was published last year. Coppice Avenue, Sale, 21st May.
Jeffery Deaver. Number one bestselling author and ultimate thriller writer Jeffery Deaver is in the UK for a limited time to talk about his brand new Lincoln Rhyme investigation and you can catch him in person at Storyhouse. Chester, 23rd May.
On the very last day of Crime Reading Month, crime fighter turned crime write Roger A Price will be talking about his police career and writing. Is getting published more difficult than solving crime? Find out at Ansdell, 31st May.
Last, but not least, a lot of libraries are doing special displays and other promotions for the month so do check up next time you drop in. Some of them are getting quite creative, such as these last pictures from Malpas and Upton libraries in Cheshire.