First speakers announced for Deal Noir 2017


Guy Fraser-Sampson is an established writer whose three ‘Mapp and Lucia’ continuation novels were all optioned by BBC television. Praised by other writers such as Chris Brookmyre and Christopher Fowler, his Hampstead Murders series blends contemporary narrative with references to famous fictional detectives in a mix which has been described as quirky, intelligent, and ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. Guy’s latest novel, Miss Christie Regrets is published in January 2017.


Barbara Nadel currently writes two crime fiction series. One, the Ikmen series, is set in Istanbul and the other, the Hakim and Arnold mysteries, are set in the East End of London. A psychology graduate, Barbara worked in psychiatric institutions for many years before becoming a full-time writer. In 2005 she won the CWA Silver Dagger for her Ikmen book ‘Deadly Web’ as well as the Swedish Flintaxe for historical fiction in 2006. A regular contributor to the blog she is also a crime fiction agony aunt known as Mary Mystery and a new writer mentor for Barking and Dagenham Libraries. She lives in Essex with her husband in a house  they are allowed to inhabit by Lily their Siamese cat.


Sarah Ward is the author of two DC Childs novels, In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. Her third book in the series, A Patient Fury, is out in September. On her blog, Crimepieces (, she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world, and she has also reviewed for Euro Crime and CrimeSquad. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels.


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