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Bouchercon, World Mystery Convention
September 6th -9th 2018
Florida, USA

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be appearing at this year’s Bouchercon 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’m looking forward to meeting the convention’s crime fiction fans, so do say “hi”.

Small and Mighty–Small Press Publishers
Thursday, September 6th.

The New Author Breakfast
Friday, September 7th.

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival returns from 19-22 July, with Jack Reacher creator Lee Child as Programming Chair. There are some great line-ups and I’ll be popping down there to show my support to my fellow authors.

Read my 9mm interview  here on the international Crime Watch blog, where I talk about Marvel comics, motorbikes and a little bit more. 5th June 2018

Crimefest 2018 – 10th Anniversary

Debut Authors: An Infusion Of Fresh Blood
My appearance on Crimefest’s debut author’s panel alongside Iain Maitland, Alex Dahl, Will Dean and Vicky Newham. Moderated by The Telegraph’s Jake Kerridge.

Crimefest 2018

Join me in Bristol where I’ll will be appearing on two  panels at Crimefest 2018, alongside a group of great authors. I’ll be discussing Dead Lands at this year’s international crime fiction convention which runs from 17th – 20th May. For more information click here to view the programme.

Read my ‘New Author Profile’ interview in the February 2018 issue of the UK’s bestselling Writing Magazine (out now).

Writing Magazine February 2018

It’s 2018 and we welcome in the New Year.  Dead Lands is now available on 

The Dead Lands Unabridged Audiobook will be released on the 14th December 2017, narrated by actor Ben Onwukwe. Ben has appeared in EastEnders, Coronation Street, Doctors, and London’s Burning. The Audiobook can be ordered here.

Book cover and narrator

Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 14/12/2017
Publisher: Audible Studios

Read my author interview for Crime Fiction Lover here

Read my guest post on Shots Mag Blog here

DEAD LANDS BLOG TOUR  | October 12th – November 7th           

October 12th – Dead Lands Launch

Dead Lands launched in central London and I was really excited to finally introduce Breck and Kearns to everyone. Amid the drinks, feverish chatter and background music, the past came back in full swing. Special mentions went out to Team Dead Lands, which included the Urbane team and bloggers on the tour, also to fellow crime writers and friends in attendance – then the book signing got underway. It was a great night and oh, the Dead Lands cupcakes were pretty good too.

8th – 10th September

Bloody Scotland


Being selected for ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ is like being asked to be the support band on a major stadium tour. A bit like what Travis were to Oasis. Two years ago Graeme Macrae Burnet appeared ‘in the spotlight’ immediately before Ian Rankin, one year later he was shortlisted for The Man Booker. It’s a great opportunity to perform in front of a vast audience of potential fans.

The Directors of Bloody Scotland have selected the authors and paired them with the acts they will be supporting this year.

Your chance to be in at the birth of some great careers!

– Val McDermid. CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger 2010 Winner, and Anthony Award for Best Critical/Non-Fiction book 2016 Winner.

Crime in the Spotlight List
Crime in the Spotlight Authors


Crime in the Spotlight reading

29th June 2017 – Crime In the Court 

Catch me at Crime in the Court 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  alongside a host of your favourite authors at Goldsboro Books,  23/25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ.