Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
The Winner for 2015 is Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for her debut crime novel, Someone Else's Skin which we featured as the Fresh Blood author on over a year ago. Even back then we had huge faith in Sarah's work and knew that she would be making a huge impression of the crime fiction world. So we raise a glass to Sarah. Truly a worthy winner!

If you haven't read Someone Else's Skin yet, click on the link to read Michael Wood's review and Q&A.

Sarah Hilary – Someone Else’s Skin Review and Q&A

Sara Paretsky
Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.

The creator of V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky was honoured with the sixth Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. Paretsky joins other giants of the genre such as Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Colin Dexter and Reginald Hill.

This is a rare appearance for this U.S. author who has been in the business for decades and has been widely influential on many crime writers of the present day. Intrepid reviewer, Sylvia Dixon who has been a huge Paretsky fan for years managed to put some questions to the great lady herself.

Click on the link to read their interview.

Sara Paretsky Q&A

Lee Child

Always a big draw, Lee Child was one of the stars of the festival with a prime spot on the Saturday evening and discussed all things Reacher with Rory Bremner.

Author and reviewer, Graham Smith was the only pre-arranged interview Lee agreed to do over the festival weekend which was a real honour. Lee and Graham sat down to have a very interesting talk.

Click on the link to read Lee's conversation with Graham.

Lee Child and Graham Smith Interview

Arnaldur Indridason

Icelandic crime writer, Arnaldur Indridason has gained a huge following for his Detective Erlendur series, the first of which was the brilliant Jar City. In a rare visit to the UK, Indridason talked to 'He Who Knows Everyone', Mr Barry Forshaw. Afterwards, Arnaldur spoke to reviewer, Jo Parker who is a massive fan.

Click on the link to read the interview.

Arnaldur Indridason and Jo Parker Interview

Lisa Gardner
In Conversation with Ann Cleeves

This is the first time in the UK for many years for the New York Times bestselling author. Lisa's books are magnificent. They are that rare mix of police procedural and psychological embedded in a domestic setting. I love her books and was lucky to interview Lisa alongside Karen Rose before she headed off to Harrogate. If you haven't read any of Lisa's books, then don't delay! Plus, Lisa is one of the loveliest writer's I have ever met - and as you can see from the photo - she also enjoys a good laugh with her readers.

Click on the link to read Jo Parker's review of Crash and Burn out in paperback now!

Lisa Gardner – Crash and Burn

Hakan Nesser Interview
Jo Parker chats to the great crime writer.

Jo Parker was on a mission. There were two men at the festival she wanted to talk to and would not give up until she had tracked them down. One was Arnaldur Indridason - the other was the equally brilliant, Hakan Nesser. At a pre-arranged time and place, Jo (smiling alongside the very personable author) was able to sit down and grill one of her favourite authors.

Click on the link to read Jo's Interview with Hakan Nesser.

Hakan Nesser and Jo Parker Interview

Fenris Oswin

All photographs except the Hakan Nesser were taken by the highly talented Fen Oswin of Fenris Oswin