A novel way to look at crime fiction

Award-winning writer Mari Hannah.
Award-winning writer Mari Hannah.

Fans of crime fiction are in for a treat in Ashington.

The town’s library is hosting a free reading group event with award-winning writer Mari Hannah.

The event, on Monday, June 12, is part of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s Big Read.

The book chosen for this year’s Big Read is Ian Rankin’s breakthrough Inspector Rebus novel, Black and Blue.

Readers are being invited to delve into the world of the iconic detective as Rankin marks 30 years of Rebus.

Hannah, author of the Kate Daniels and Ryan and O’Neil series, will lead the reading group at Ashington.

Starting at 3pm, she will be discussing Black and Blue as part of a summer tour. Free copies of the book are available in advance.

She said: “As reader-in-residence at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, it’s my pleasure to tour the libraries of the north annually, to facilitate a discussion about crime fiction through the Big Read initiative.

“The idea is to reach out to communities, and bring people together by getting everyone to read the same novel simultaneously.”

For the full schedule of Big Read events, and to request a free copy of the book Black and Blue, visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/big-read