Historically Criminal

Last week, Victoria Library was fortunate enough to be host to not one… not two… but THREE crime authors all keen to talk about historical mysteries. Andrew Williams, Mike Ripley and Robert Ryan spoke well and fluently on a subject they all clearly loved.

Andrew Williams, Mike Ripley and Robert Ryan at Victoria Library, February 2013

Books by Mike Ripley in Westminster LibrariesThe atmosphere was convivial even before the talk started with wine flowing and biscuits being nibbled. Mike Ripley kicked off the talk with a short discussion of his tongue in cheek article “Why I hate historical mysteries”.

Books by Andrew Williams in Westminster LibrariesWe then moved onto each author talking a bit about their own works before delving straight into discussing points raised by the audience.With 23 people in attendance the room felt cosy and the talk ran smoothly throughout with plenty of audience participation.

Books by Robert Ryan in Westminster LibrariesTopics covered the whole spectrum, from how the authors felt writing about irredeemable characters to negotiating the balance between historical accuracy and the needs of the story.  Everyone came away feeling enlightened and a small contingent repaired to the local pub to continue the discussion.



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