Saturday, June 29, 2013

Coventry event for National Crime Writing Month

An event at Coventry Central Library on Tuesday 2nd July (5.30pm start) will be my first event for Week 5 of National Crime Writing month. This is a FREE event for readers in Coventry. To book a place, phone 02476 832314 or email:

On Wednesday 3rd July (7pm), I'll be at Tadcaster Library in North Yorkshire. Tickets are £2, phone the library on 0845 034 9542 or email:

Then on Thursday 4th July (7pm), it will be Congleton Library in Cheshire. Tickets are £3.50. To book a place, phone 01260 375550 or email:

The weekend of Week 5 is also busy, with a signing for the new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD at Waterstones Doncaster on Saturday 6th July (11.30am - 1.30pm), and an appearance in the Friends of the Peak District story-telling tent at the Cliffhanger Outdoor Festival in Graves Park, Sheffield, at 5pm on Sunday 7th July.

Hope to see plenty of readers at these events! 

And more dates are still to come:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Published this week: the new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD. Come along to the launch event at Chesterfield Library on Thursday 20th June (7.30pm start) to get a signed copy of ALREADY DEAD and hear me talk about the new book. 

Tickets for the launch are £3 (£2 concessions) available from the library - phone 01629 533400 or email: Waterstones Chesterfield will be offering a £3 discount off the price of the book on the night.

Some early reviews of ALREADY DEAD: "Another page-turner from this masterful thriller writer." (Choice magazine)
"The sense of place he gives his book is palpable." (Good Book Guide)
"Convoluted, complex and engrossing. The mystery kept me guessing, and was satisfyingly tied up, but the real surprising twist comes at the end. I will be first in line for the next book. Highly recommended." (Lizzie Hayes - Mystery People)
"Booth is a master of misdirection, and it’s only when you’ve got to the end of the book that the mouth drops open and you realise just how many valuable clues you missed along the way." (Crime Fiction Lover)

More signing dates here:

Monday, June 17, 2013


I've added a couple more events this week for National Crime Writing Month. This brings my total of libraries visited up to 20 (plus the castle, the story-telling tent and several bookshops).

I'll be in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, on Wednesday 19th June for a full day of events. I don't get to do much in Lincolnshire, so don't miss it!

10am - North Lincolnshire Central Library, Carlton Street, Scunthorpe DN15 6TX - I'll be presenting certificates to participants in North Lincolnshire's Six Book Challenge.

11am - North Lincolnshire Central Library - 'drop in' for a chat and a cup of tea with the author!

2pm - Ashby Library, Ashby High Street, Scunthorpe DN16 2RY - talk to readers, with Q&A and book signing. FREE event, no tickets required. Phone 01724 296832 or email:

Saturday, June 1, 2013


I have an enormous number of events now confirmed for the UK's National Crime Writing Month, which extends throughout June and the first half of July. I'll be visiting eighteen libraries in Yorkshire and the Midlands, as well as bookshops and other venues ranging from a castle to a tent! 

My first events are on Tuesday 4th June in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, and Handforth, Cheshire. My 'tour' concludes with a book festival in Nottingham on 14th July. I hope to meet lots of readers along the way! All library events feature a talk, Q&A and book sales. 

The new Cooper & Fry novel ALREADY DEAD is also published this month, with a launch in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on Thursday 20th June.

A full list of my dates is below, but watch out for updates here:

Crime Writing Month schedule:

TUESDAY 4th JUNE, 2.30pm
Mexborough Library, John Street, Mexborough, South Yorkshire S64 9HS - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. For tickets, phone 01709 582037 or email:

TUESDAY 4th JUNE, 7.30pm
Handforth Library, The Green, Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Cheshire SK9 3ES - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3 (includes refreshments). Phone 01625 374060 or email:

THURSDAY 6th JUNE, 10.30am
Goole Library, Carlisle Street, Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 5DS - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event, but contact the library to reserve a place. Phone 01405 762187 or email:

THURSDAY 6th JUNE, 2.30pm
Snaith Library, 27-29 Market Place, Snaith, East Yorkshire DN14 9HE - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event, but contact the library to reserve a place. Phone 01405 860096 or email:

Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, Idlewells Centre, Manor Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 1BP - talk, Q&A and book signing. Phone 01623 556296 or email:

WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE, 7.30pm
Oakham Castle, off Market Square, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DT
- talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3 (£2 concessions), booking recommended. Phone Oakham Library on 01572 722918 or email:

FRIDAY 14th JUNE, 6.30pm
Wakefield Central Library, Burton Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2DD - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. Phone 01924 305376 or email:

TUESDAY 18th JUNE, 7pm
Long Buckby Library, Station Road, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire NN6 7QB - with Peter Tickler, author of the 'Blood in Oxford' series. Tickets £2 in advance, £3 on the door. To book a place, email: or phone 0300 126 1000.

THURSDAY 20th JUNE, 7.30pm
Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1QN - launch event for ALREADY DEAD, with Waterstones Chesterfield.
Tickets £3 (£2 concessions) available from the library. Phone 01629 533400 or email:

SATURDAY 22nd JUNE, 10am - 12noon
Bookworm, 1 Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6EA - signing for ALREADY DEAD. To order a signed copy, phone 01777 869224 or email: 


SATURDAY 22nd JUNE, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Scarthin, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3QF - signing for ALREADY DEAD. Phone 01629 823272 or email:

TUESDAY 25th JUNE, 7pm
Biddulph Library, Tunstall Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire ST8 6HH - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. For tickets, phone the library on 01782 512103 or email:

WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE, 7.30pm
Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 1EE - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3 including refreshments. Phone 01625 374000 or email:

Burton-on-Trent Library, Riverside, off High Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1AH - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £2 for library members, £3 for non-members. Phone 01283 239564 or email:

FRIDAY 28th JUNE, 7pm
Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 3BZ - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. Phone 0300 555 8171 or email:

SATURDAY 29th JUNE, 12 - 2pm
Waterstones, 70-80 St Peter's Street, Derby DE1 1SR - signing for ALREADY DEAD. Phone 01332 296997.

TUESDAY 2nd JULY, 5.30pm
Coventry Central Library, Smithford Way, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1FY - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. Phone 02476 832314 or email:

Tadcaster Library, 10 Station Road, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9JG - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £2. Phone the library on 0845 034 9542 or email:

Congleton Library, Market Square, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1ET - talk, Q&A and book signing. Tickets £3.50. To book a place, phone 01260 375550 or email:

SATURDAY 6th JULY, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Waterstones, 27 Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 1LJ - signing for ALREADY DEAD. Phone 01302 329142.

SUNDAY 7th JULY, time tbc
Cliffhanger Outdoor Festival, Graves Park, Hemsworth Road, Sheffield S8 8LL - reading in Friends of the Peak District story telling tent. Admission to festival £7.50 for adults, accompanied children under-16 free, car parking £3.

MONDAY 8th JULY, 6.30pm
Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3AB - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event, but book a place by phoning 0113 247 6016.

Mansfield Library, Four Seasons Centre, Westgate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1NH - talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE event. For more details, phone 01623 651337 or email:

Tickhill Library, Castlegate, Tickhill, South Yorkshire DN11 9QU - talk, Q&A and book signing. To book a place, phone 01302 742871 or email:

SUNDAY 14th JULY, 2.30pm
Gedling Book Festival 'Crime Day', Civic Centre, Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU. Talk, Q&A and book signing. FREE admission and free parking. Festival includes book stalls, refreshments, children's activities and live music. Festival programme:

* National Crime Writing Month is a promotion by the UK Crime Writers' Association. All of their events can be found here: