HOROWITZ HEADS UP CRIMEFEST
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