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Ian Rankin has described Lesley Thomson’s writing as ‘a class above’.

A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. The Detective’s Daughter, (2013), sold over 500,000 copies. The Sunday Times called it a ‘haunting novel…driven by a simple but clever plot’. It was Sainsbury’s Ebook 2013.

Ghost Girl, second in The Detective’s Daughter series (2014) was followed by The Detective’s Secret (2015) The House with No Rooms (2016) and The Dog Walker (2017), which is a Kobo #1.

Lesley teaches Creative Writing (masterclasses, short courses and an MA.)  She lives in Lewes, Sussex with her partner and their dog.


Elly Griffiths wrote four books under her real name, Domenica de Rosa, before her husband’s career change inspired her to write about forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. Her agent told her she needed a 'crime name' so she became Elly Griffiths.

The first Ruth book The Crossing Places won the Mary Higgins Clark award. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year three times. In 2016 Elly won the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library, awarded for a body of work.

The Blood Card, the third book in her 1950s theatrical series, was published in November 2016. 

Elly lives near Brighton with her husband and two children.

Crime Writers in Conversation

Join bestselling authors Lesley Thomson and Elly Griffiths in conversation with Lisa Holloway, from 4pm on Sunday 30 July

Lesley's latest thriller, The Dog Walker, features PI Stella Darnell and her sidekick Jack Harmon trying to solve a decades-old murder.

In The Chalk Pit, a gruesome discovery in Norwich tunnels enmeshes Dr Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson in a new, startling case with implications of murder and canibalism. This series helped propel Elly to win the Dagger in the Library award

Both authors have enjoyed rich praise and places on bestseller lists; their tales feature compelling charcters and twisting plots, with lots of detailed research providing a firm base for the tales.

Whether you are one of their long-time fans or if you are new to the works, enjoy light refreshments and crime-centric chat! Tickets cost £10, and include a voucher offering £5 off purchases at the event.

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