It kicked off on Thursday evening with the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, won by the lovely Sarah Hilary….and I also bumped into Mel Sherratt.
|Lovely Mel Sherratt and Sarah Hilary|
Friday started early with a brilliant "in conversation" between Val McDermid and Sara Paretsky, followed by a signing, and ended with the Dead Good Reader Awards which were brilliant - Marnie Riches, Peter James and Ann Cleeves all picked up awards, and the WONDERFUL Brenda Blethyn who plays Vera in the TV series was also there to pick up the award with Ann, which was presented by Lee Child.
|Meeting Val McDermid following her conversation with Sara Paretsky, the v famous CC!|
Saturday was a blur of Pimms, Forensics, an "in conversation" with Ann Cleeves and Lisa Gardner and the brilliant Eddie Izzard being interviewed by Mark Billingham. We got to solve a murder mystery at the evening dinner with our author host, Claire MacGowan (we didn't win), and then went on to take part in Mark Billingham and Val McDermid's quiz (also didn't win - shockingly shit actually! Although Caroline Mitchell did quite well with her beer tasting skills).
|Team Hall murder mystery solvers|
|CC with her two favourite Lisas|