As part of Harrogate Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival


News just in: readers in some countries are turning away from fictional detectives in favour of psychological mysteries. Have reports of the death of the police procedural been greatly exaggerated?


Will Dean has a foot in both camps, following his Tuva Moodyson series with the breath-taking standalone The Last Thing To Burn; the most recent outing for Mari Hannah’s DCI Kate Daniels was in the award-winning Without a TraceOlivia Kiernan’s DCS Frankie Sheehan is back in her ingenious new page-turner The Murder Box;  Parker Bilal has expertly written investigators, but he runs on the other side of the tracks with his brilliant new book WhitehavensJames Oswald, author of the bestselling Inspector McLean series, wields the judge’s gavel.