Join us for a thrilling exploration into one of the most popular and best-loved modern literary genres. Crime fiction has been filling shelves and entrancing readers since the 19th century, exposing us to the criminal underbelly of the fictitious world. Known for its deceiving plot lines, dastardly characters and shocking twists, the art of writing a successful crime novel is greatly revered.

In this event, four of the finest crime writers working today share the secrets of their success, from the subtleties of suspense to setting the perfect crime scene.

Acclaimed authors, Vaseem Khan, Abir Mukherjee and Alex Caan join host A.A. Dhand to discuss what makes a bestselling crime thriller. By exploring the key elements and themes of their work, from making and breaking tension to the surprising power of humour, these writers will shed valuable light on how to close your own case in the thriving genre of contemporary crime writing.

About The Speakers

Alex Caan

Alex Caan was born in Manchester, has spent over a decade working in Information Systems Security for a number of government organisations, and is currently specialising in Terrorism Studies. Alex’s debut Cut to the Bone was described as a ‘pacy, intriguing debut’ by Jon Wise and ‘chillingly authentic’ by bestselling author Lisa Hall.

Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan is the bestselling author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels, a cosy crime series featuring a baby elephant. The first book in the series was a Waterstones’ paperback of the year.  His latest book in the series is The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star.

Abir Mukherjee

Abir Mukherjee has been a fan of crime fiction since adolescence. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about a crucial yet almost forgotten period in Anglo-Indian history and won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition.

Photo by Nick Tucker

About The Chair

A A Dhand

A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a convenience store. He worked in London as a pharmacist and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and began writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels.