Agatha Christie, PD James, Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid … the list goes on.
Throughout the history of crime fiction, women have proved uniquely equipped to craft a clever murder plot and set up the clues to an exciting and satisfying thriller. Now two leading exponents of the crime novel dissect their chosen genre and discuss whether there is anything special a woman brings to the world of crime?
Kate Griffin’s series of historical crime novels, set in Victorian Limehouse, evoke the atmosphere of the Penny Dreadful and feature Kitty Peck, the 18-year-old heir to Paradise, a sprawling criminal empire on the banks of the Thames.
And crime comes closer to home as Sarah Ward talks about bringing detective fiction to the Derbyshire Peak District in novels including In Bitter Chill, A Patient Fury and her latest, The Shrouded Path, featuring Detective Constable Connie Childs.