Poirot’s Hastings Hugh Fraser signs up for Scarborough Books by the Beach

Hugh Fraser
Hugh Fraser

Actor Hugh Fraser, who played Captain Hastings opposite David Suchet in Poirot, has turned to crime writing and will be a guest at Books by the Beach later this year.

But his debut novel Harm is much harder-edged than anything Agatha Christie ever wrote.

It tells the story of a female assassin involved with Mexican drug cartels and, before then, growing up rough in 1950s Notting Hill.

“I’m thrilled we’ve got such a talented actor turned talented writer coming to Scarborough,” Books By The Beach co-director Heather French said.

Co-director Peter Guttridge said: “I first became aware of Hugh Fraser when he was virtually unrecognisable in the arthouse period film The Draughtsman’s Contract in wig and make-up – he was very sinister. So I’ve always been aware that behind the good-hearted Captain Hastings a dark side might lurk. His novel demonstrates that.’

Hugh Fraser is not the only crime-writer visiting Scarborough, of course.

Agatha Raisin creator, MC Beaton is also a guest at the festival.

Melvyn Bragg will be at Scarborough Spa on Friday April 15.

The festival runs from Wednesday April 13 to Sunday April 17.