IN PICTURES: The guests at world's best crime-writing festival

The cream of crime-writers will gather for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan, Harrogate, from Thursday July 18 to Sunday July 21.

Thursday, 21st February 2019, 11:49 am
Updated Thursday, 21st February 2019, 12:27 pm
Co-founder of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival and best selling author Val McDermid

Here's who will be lining up. Tickets can be booked now - Weekend Rover: £236, Friday Rover: £93, Saturday Rover: £105. Box office: 01423 562 303, or book online harrogate internationalfestivals.com Individual event tickets will go on sale on Tuesday April 9 at 10am.

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King of Scandi-noir Jo Nesbo will be talking about his much-anticipated new Harry Hole thriller, Knife.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be in conversation with best-selling author and fellow Scot Val McDermid
Best-selling writer Mari Hannah is this year's festival programming chairman
The writer behind BBC1s The Bodyguard, Jed Mercurio, also stars
Jeffery Deaver will be coming from the US to talk about his best-selling novels which include The Bone Collector
Master of the suburban thriller and Netflix collaborator Harlan Coben
The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, is the apt setting for the festival. The once queen of crime Agatha Christie stayed here.
Writer Eva Dolan. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was a teenager, Long Way Home is her debut novel and the start of a major new crime series.
James Patterson is one of the stand-out guests of this year's festival. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels
Crime-writer Val McDermid will be in conversation with Scotland's First Minister and book fan Nicola Sturgeon
Belinda Bauer (is a British writer of crime novels. Her debut novel Blacklands earned her the British Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger award for the best crime novel of 2010. In July 2018 Bauer's novel, Snap, was longlisted for that year's Man Booker Prize.
MC Beaton is the writer of the Agatha Raisin series set in the Cotswolds and Hamish MacBeth series set in the Scottish Highlands. Both series have been turned in to TV programmes
Erin Kelly's He Said/She Said spent 12 twelve weeks in the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller lists.
Ian Rankin is the best-selling author of the Rebus series
Stuart MacBride is a Scottish writer, most famous for his crime thrillers set in the 'Granite City' of Aberdeen and featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae