First Monday Crime is back!

I first attended First Monday Crime in March earlier this year and since then it has become  a firm fixture in my calendar. After a short break First Monday Crime is back with a steller line up, I for one can’t wait to be there. If you’re not too far from London and if you love all things crime, then all you have to do is sign up for your FREE space on their website. But before I give you all the details about where you can book your ticket and where it is being held, let me introduce you to the authors who will be attending next month.

First up we have Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of the Vera series.

Sunday Times Top Five bestseller, Ann Cleeves, is 2017’s recipient of the Crime Writer’s Association Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The award recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.

Cleeves has written 31 novels and is translated into as many languages. Before her writing career took off, Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard.

In 2015, Cleeves chaired the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, during which Vera was voted the UK’s favourite fictional detective.

Also in 2015, Thin Air, was nominated for the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and Cleeves was shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award. In 2006, Cleeves’ novel, Raven Black, was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, and in 2012, she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame.

As well as fiction Ann has written a non-fiction title about Shetland and, in November 2015, she hosted the inaugural Shetland Noir festival on the Shetland Islands.

Cleeves lives in Northumberland with her husband.


Second we have debut novelist, Caz Frear who’s novel Sweet Little Lies won the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.

Caz Frear grew up in Coventry and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the writing dream finally came true.

She has a first-class degree in History & Politics, which she’s put to enormous use over the years by working as a waitress, shop assistant, retail merchandiser and, for the past twelve years, a headhunter.

When she’s not agonising over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at the TV when Arsenal are playing or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about.


Next up, all the way from Iceland we have Lilja Sigurðardóttir whose novel Snare will be published by Orenda books next month.

Icelandic crime writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir was born in the town of

Akranes in 1972 and was raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland.

An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels,

with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide.

The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California.

Lilja has a background in education and in recent years has worked in

evaluation and quality control for preschools. She lives in Reykjavík

with her partner.


And finally we have the brilliant Mark Edwards who has seven solo books under his belt and six books co written with Louise Voss.

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which terrifying things happen to ordinary people. He is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay. 

His first solo novel, The Magpies (2013), reached the No.1 spot on the Amazon UK Kindle bestseller list, as did his third novel Because She Loves Me (2014), and Follow Me Home (2015). His last novel, The Devil’s Work (2016), was also published to great critical acclaim and commercial success. He has also co-written various crime novels with Louise Voss such as Killing Cupid (2011) and The Blissfully Dead (2015). His titles with Amazon Publishing have reached over a million readers. 

Mark grew up on the south coast of England and starting writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs. He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing, and is a great admirer of Japanese writers and horror films.

Mark lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children and a ginger cat.


And the event is being chaired by Rod Reynolds author of The Dark Inside and Black Night Falling.


Now, onto the all important details of where it’s being held and where you can reserve your space.

First Monday Crime is back at City University and starts at 6.30 p.m. on Monday, 2nd October 2017. If you’re travelling by train the nearest tube station is Angel, the university is a ten minute walk straight down St John Street.

You can reserve your free space by clicking on this link:

And the best thing about it is that we’re all heading to the pub afterwards where you can chat to the authors and even buy them a drink.

2 thoughts on “First Monday Crime is back!

  1. This sounds wonderful – I have just read one of the Vera books, my daughter recommends that I get reading the Caz Frear as it was the best of the ten books she borrowed to take on holiday and she also rated the latest Mark Edwards which she also borrowed.
    I love living in Jersey but do get a wee bit jealous because it’s so hard to get to bookish events.

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