The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

Yrsa Sigurdardottir / credit: Lilja Birgisdóttir

Another top collection of globe-spanning crime scribes arrive at the Book Festival with blood on their laptops and some new page-turners

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a haven for literature lovers, with every kind of genre and interest you can imagine represented in the always excellent programme of events. This year, you'll be able to find around 1000 authors and over 800 events, with everything from poetry to fiction and comics to cabaret on the bill. But in amongst the Nobel prize-winners, scientists, illustrators, storytellers and musicians, the 2017 programme features an exciting array of crime authors who will be bringing their latest works to the Book Festival for discussions, signings and more. If you love the suspense of an action-packed crime novel, this fine selection of writers should be on your radar this August.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Nationality: Icelandic
Latest book: The Legacy
Setting: Reykjavik
Cause of death: A Hoover
Crime solver: Detective Huldar
Their flaw: Over-promoted and not great at relationships, especially with Freya
Sidekick: Freya, child psychologist
The weather: It can probably best be described as typically Icelandic
When the first victim arrives: Page 24
Author's other job: Civil engineer
Event: 24 Aug (with Kate London), 3.45pm, £8 (£6).

Paula Hawkins

The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

Nationality: English, Zimbabwe-raised
Latest book: Into the Water
Setting: The town of Beckford Cause of death: Drowning
Crime solver: Jules Abbott, the victim's sister
Their flaw: Fear of water after a near-drowning two decades prior
Sidekick: A sprawling, Broadchurchian cast of 11
The weather: Halcyon summer sunshine
When the first victim arrives: Page 1
Author's other job: Former business journalist
Event: 12 Aug, 6.45pm, £12 (£10).

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

credit: Nina Subin
Nationality: American
Latest book: The Fact of a Body
Setting: Louisiana, 2003
Cause of death: This is the true crime tale of a murdered child
Crime solver: The author
Their flaw: Her personal reaction to a child molester on death row
Sidekick: Author's forensic attention to detail
The weather: 'The temperature dips at night'
When the first victim arrives: Page 4
Author's other job: Teacher at Harvard
Event: 12 Aug, 8.45pm, £12 (£10).

Omar Robert Hamilton

The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

credit: Sam Waxman
Nationality: Egyptian
Latest book: The City Always Wins
Setting: Cairo, during the 2011 Arab Spring
Cause of death: Extra-judicial military killings
Crime solver: Mariam and Khalil, activist filmmakers
Their flaw: An inquisitive nature
Sidekick: Each other
The weather: 'Cairo is jazz … the heat of New Orleans'
When the first victim arrives: Page 1
Author's other job: Palestine Festival of Literature co-founder
Event: 18 Aug (with Aleš Šteger), 3.30pm, £8 (£6).

Volker Kutscher

The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

credit: Monika Sandel
Nationality: German
Latest book: The Silent Death
Setting: Berlin, 1930
Cause of death: A falling spotlight on a film set
Crime solver: Inspector Gereon Rath
Their flaw: The shadow of impending Nazism
Sidekick: Hapless detectives Plisch and Plum
The weather: A brisk Berliner luft
When the first victim arrives: Page 7
Author's other job: Former newspaper editor
Event: 21 Aug (with Eva Dolan), 10.15am, £12 (£10).

Val McDermid

The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

credit: Fraser Rice
Nationality: Scottish
Latest book: Insidious Intent
Setting: North of England, including the Yorkshire Dales
Cause of death: Strangulation
Crime solver: DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill
Their flaw: Tony's talent usually takes him perilously close to the killer's mind
Sidekick: Each other
The weather: It's certainly grim up north
When the first victim arrives: Dead before the book begins
Author's other job: Director of Raith Rovers
Event: 22 Aug, 5pm, £12 (£10).

Arne Dahl

The best crime authors arriving in Edinburgh this summer and their juicy new mysteries

credit: Sara Arnald
Nationality: Swedish
Latest book: Watching You
Setting: Stockholm
Cause of death: Unknown as the corpse is missing
Crime solver: Detective Sam Berger
Their flaw: The murders may be sending a message to him
Sidekick: Police colleague Desire 'Deer' Rosenkvist
The weather: 'A summer's day, the sort that comes all too rarely'
When the first victim arrives: Page 16
Author's other job: Being critic and journalist Jan Arnald
Event: 26 Aug (with Michel Bussi), 7pm, £8 (£6).

All events at Charlotte Square Gardens.

Abir Mukherjee & Kaite Welsh

Kaite Welsh, journalist and critic, presents a brilliant new historical crime series set in the underworld of Victorian Edinburgh and featuring the medic-detective, Sarah Gilchrist. Abir Mukherjee offers a second turn for Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-Not’ Banerjee of the Calcutta Police Force. The first in the…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Aug

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich with Val McDermid

The Fact of a Body is an enthralling piece of non-fiction storytelling. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich came face to face with a child murderer on death row during a law internship. A fierce opponent of the death penalty, she was shocked to find herself overcome by the urge to see him dead. Digging deeper into the man’s…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 12 Aug

Studio Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Eva Dolan & Volker Kutscher

Two bestselling crime writers at the top of their game discuss character and assassination. In Eva Dolan's fourth Zigic and Ferreira investigation, a trans woman has been murdered. Was it a hate crime or a case of mistaken identity? Meanwhile, German author Volker Kutscher transports us back to 1930s Berlin. Investigating…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Aug

The Spiegeltent

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Kate London & Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The vulnerability of young girls is the sad heart that beats through new novels from ex-Met detective turned author Kate London and bestselling Icelandic crime writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The former’s Death Message begins in 1987 with a missing 15 year old. In the latter’s The Legacy, a 10 year old is the only witness to…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Aug

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Michel Bussi & Arne Dahl

Black Water Lilies by bestselling French author Michel Bussi is named after a rumoured Monet masterpiece, which seems to be a magnet for murder. Sweden’s Arne Dahl, whose novels have already been translated into over 30 languages, launches a new series with Watching You, where a serial killer seems to be toying with his…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 26 Aug

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8 (£6) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Omar Robert Hamilton & Aleš Šteger

You had to be there. In his debut novel, Omar Robert Hamilton's The City Always Wins is a pen-portrait of intensity as two ordinary people are caught up in an extraordinary moment trying to change the world. The forces of good and evil also collide in another debut, Absolution, by Slovenia's greatest contemporary writer…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Aug

Writers' Retreat

£8 (£6) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train was not only a huge number one bestseller in 2015 (smashing all manner of Dan Brown-shaped chart records), it also became a massive success in cinemas a year later. Zimbabwe-born Paula Hawkins’s second novel, Into the Water, has had fans turning pages at a furious pace as her central character Jules…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 12 Aug

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Val McDermid

The Fife crime legend is back with more adventures for Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Insidious Intent (published in December) will have pulses racing once again as the pair investigate new and old cases, which aren't as straightforward as they seem. Val McDermid also talks about Out of Bounds, her latest DCI Karen Pirie…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 22 Aug

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12 (£10) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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