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A few places of interest…


UK : Little, Brown.


The Crime Vault

Audio Books

For unabridged audio versions of all the novels.


The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. The UK's biggest and best gathering of mystery writers and readers. Mark was honoured to be the chair of the programming committee for the 2006 and 2012 festivals.

Crime on the net

Tangled Web. A major resource for crime writers and readers alike. News, reviews and author profiles.

The Mystery Writers Forum. A place for readers, writers and lovers of mystery fiction to chat and ask questions both trivial and grisly…

Rec.arts.mystery. Excellent, friendly and informative crime fiction newsgroup where a number of crime writers lurk…

SHOTS. Splendid online crime and mystery magazine.


The Crime Writers Association. The professional body for writers of crime and mystery fiction in the UK…

Mystery Writers Of America. Ditto on the other side of the pond…


As far as crime fiction goes – aside from historicals, cookery and cats, something for fans of most sub-genres…

Christopher Brookmyre
Tania Carver
Paul Charles
Michael Connelly
John Connolly
John Harvey
Carl Hiaasen
Paul Johnston
Simon Kernick
Dennis Lehane
Laura Lippman
Stuart MacBride
Val McDermid

Margaret Murphy
George P. Pelecanos
Ian Rankin
Karin Slaughter
Minette Walters


If you need a laugh after all that death and killing, why not choose from the following selection of fine comedians…

Bill Bailey
Marcus Brigstocke
Mike Gunn
John Hegley
Harry Hill
John Moloney
Ross Noble
Paul Thorne


Check out some of these wonderful bands and musicians...

Johnny Cash
The one and only Man In Black. Tom Thorne’s favourite.

Elvis Costello
The finest singer-songwriter in the world.

Steve Earle
The real thing. Be grateful we’ve still got him...

Richmond Fontaine
"Led by the supremely talented Willy Vlautin (whose novels The Motel Life and Northline are both stunning) this band from Portland, Oregon are unassumingly brilliant. Vlautin's songs are raw and ravishing gems. Imagine Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski as sung by Uncle Tupelo and you might be getting close."

Country, soul, whatever. Heartache and regret never sounded so lush.

Nick Lowe
"Former Brinsley Schwartz and Rockpile stalwart, "Basher" Lowe is quite simply one of pop's master craftsmen. The later albums, from "The Impossible Bird" on, are masterclasses in understated and seemingly effortless songwriting, and his voice just gets better and better. The man is a national treasure."

Quite simply a national treasure. His album “You Are The Quarry” is the finest of his career.

They Might Be Giants
The two Johns. Enigmatic, catchy, wholly original.

Lucinda Williams
"One of the finest songwriters in the world, whose voice can evoke pain and desire like no other".

Twenty-five years on and Swindon’s finest are still making great pop records.

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