Killer afternoon, killer fiction, killer cocktails and a killer on the loose

Gateshead sure is a hive of activity and thriving at the moment; there are some amazing events coming up and I know you can’t make time for them all; but if you go to one thing this March – go to Killer Women at Gateshead Central Library on 12th March at 1pm.

This afternoon event is a must for all fans of crime fiction; killer crime fiction, killer cocktails and a killer on the loose! The killer afternoon focuses around ‘Killer Women’ a group of leading London based crime writers; Erin Kelly, Louise Millar, MJ McGrath and Kate Rhodes as they bring the world of crime fiction to life (and death!).

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The topical discussion during Killer Women poses the question – “why do women love to read about grisly murders? “ Women are the largest demographic of crime readers; what is it about a good thriller that draws us in? I am an avid crime fiction reader myself and I know all too well how starting a new book can suddenly turn into hours lost and frantic devouring of the story. For me, it was Harlan Coben, that started off my addiction to the crime genre and I’ve read every single book and I love Myron Bolitar’s adventures; even if they are a tad ridiculous and far-fetched sometimes.

Ok so I will admit it – I love crime fiction; it’s not the violence or the murders especially that I like reading, although surely that must be part of it; it’s about the unfolding of a story that I honestly have no idea how it’s going to end. I love a good debate too – so I can’t wait to hear the author’s take on my crime reading addiction.

The afternoon will then go onto bringing crime fiction alive with a ‘Whodunnit’; we want you to bring out your inner Miss Marple and play detective as the Killer Women perform an exclusive murder mystery, complete with alibis, forensics and red herrings for you to solve. It’s going to be a difficult case to crack; but you’ll love trying!


Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple

Did I mention there are cocktails too? Of course – your crime solving mind needs a little tasty lubrication to get those cogs turning. We have got a special cocktail for the afternoon, for you to enjoy whilst racking your brains over the Killer Women crime and general knowledge quiz. Crime fiction fans this is your moment to shine; who will be crowned the winner?

If all of the above hasn’t quite persuaded you to come – then how about a little information about the authors at the event!?! There is nothing more brilliant than discovering a new crime author or meeting the person behind one of your favourite books; this afternoon is perfect for both. Moreover, each author has a very interesting journey into crime fiction writing and different story writing process; I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Erin Kelly is the fantastic author behind critically acclaimed psychological thrillers The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air and The Ties that Bind. She has even brought her fiction to the small screen; in 2013, The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama starring My Anna Buring, Matthew Goode and Ophelia Lovibond. The book was listed as a Richard & Judy Summer Read in 2011; arguably one of the biggest signs of a brilliant book. Her fifth novel Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the first season of 2013’s mega-hit ITV series, is out now. If it’s anything like the TV show then it’s going to be brilliant.

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Erin Kelly writer

Erin’s talents don’t just lie in writing amazing crime fiction; in her successful career as a journalist, she has written for newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and The Mirror, and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire and Elle. Her articles cover all sorts of issues including healthy, lifestyle, women’s issues and parenting; so keep an eye out when you’re next flicking through your mags.

Louise Millar is the author of City of Strangers, The Hidden Girl, Accidents Happen and The Playdate; all creepy psychological thrillers and she is busily working on her fifth book. Before turning to fiction, she spent 20 years working in magazines and newspapers, starting as a freelance sub-editor on entertainment titles such as the NME, Kerrang!, Empire and Smash Hits (remember the Smash Hits lyrics pages!?!), before crossing over into women’s magazines and becoming a senior commissioning editor at Marie Claire. In 2006, she left Marie Claire to start a business writing ‘ordinary people’s memoirs – appearing on BBC’s The One Show to promote it – while writing freelance features for Psychologies, the Observer, the Guardian, Stella (the Telegraph), Stylist and Marie Claire, and starting work on The Playdate.

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Louise Millar – writer

Our third author for the evening, is an Essex girl after my own heart; ambitious, wild, loves to travel and decided against a conventional career after a period of soul searching; Melanie McGrath. The Bone Seeker, The Boy in the Snow and White Heat are thrilling chilling crime novels that need to be added to your list of crime friction to read (may be with a light on – just in case!).

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Melanie McGrath, writer

Melanie is a full time writer and her work extends passed crime fiction; she has written several non-fiction books depicting her love of travelling, she has written for TV and radio and she is also a journals. A true write-aholic one might say!

I can’t wait to ask Melanie how she changes her writing style between so many genres and contexts – what a talent!



Our final author for the Killer Women afternoon, is none other than Kate Rhodes; another highly accomplished author who has a pHD in the playwright Tennessee Williams, a qualified English Teacher that has taught both in the UK and USA and a published poet!

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Kate Rhodes, writer

Her love of crime began with her reading Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene and she went on to write crime fiction publishing five books. Her most famous work is The Crossbones Yard, her first novel and the first in the Alice Quentin series.

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Kate is a regular at crime and writing festivals and loves talking to audiences; so make sure you ask lots of questions; she’s a pro!

See, I told you they didn’t have the background you’d expect for a crime author! Teacher, fashion writer, doctorate, traveller, Daily Mail columnist and all mums with young children!

What an afternoon Killer Women is going to be so get your tickets now before they sell out and they will!

A Killer afternoon, killer fiction, killer cocktails and a killer on the loose!