Crime Scene - - CASE NOTES -

An­thony Horow­tiz, the Foyle’s War cre­ator and Poirot screen­writer, has been con­firmed as a guest speaker at Crimefest, which will take place at Bris­tol Mar­riott Royal Ho­tel on 18-21 May, 2017. In ad­di­tion to in­ter­views with guest au­thors, the event will fea­ture dozens of pan­els and a to­tal of 100 par­tic­i­pat­ing writ­ers, in­clud­ing Yrsa Sig­ur­dar­d­ot­tir, Mick Her­ron, Sarah Hi­lary and Rag­nar Jó­nas­son.

Horowitz will dis­cuss his lat­est novel, Mag­pie Mur­ders, which is both a homage to Agatha Christie and a play­ful in­ves­ti­ga­tion into crime fic­tion.

“It’s a med­i­ta­tion on why this genre is still so pop­u­lar,” he tells Crime Scene. “And it’s also about how who­dunits work. It’s not only try­ing to give you the who­dunit, but it’s also try­ing to show you the way that the writer does it.”

Crimefest will also see Horowitz reunited with Poirot star Hugh Fraser, who’s now a crime writer and served as the toast­mas­ter at last year’s event.

“He was won­der­ful at be­ing use­less,” Horowitz says of Fraser’s char­ac­ter, Cap­tain Hast­ings. “I used to have a lit­tle game with Hugh, which is that I would try and get the words ‘Good Lord!’ at least once in every script – and some­times three or four times.” Crimefest is of­fer­ing Crime Scene read­ers 20 per cent off a Full Crimefest Pass to the whole event. Sim­ply visit crimefest.com and en­ter the fol­low­ing dis­count code: crimescenemagazine17

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