The Crime Writers Lunch

Three Queens of Crime: Val McDermid, Denise Mina and Sarah Ward

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Dare you risk joining us for three hours of murder at the Old Hall Hotel, with a slap-up meal in the company of three of Britain’s greatest queens of crime?

Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date and is translated into over 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, and her novel, Place of Execution was set in Buxton. Her most recent novel Out of Bounds was a number one bestseller and her brand new novel Insidious Intent was published in August.

Multi-award-winning Denise Mina – described as ‘one of crime fiction’s most acute observers of contemporary society’ is the author of 12 novels, including the Garnethill, Paddy Meehan and Alex Morrow series. In her latest novel, The Long Drop (which has already won the William McIlvaney Award for Scottish crime fiction and the Gordon Burn Award), she blurs the lines between fact and fiction to take on the case of notorious 1950s Glasgow killer Peter Manuel.

And crime comes closer to home as Sarah Ward talks about bringing detective fiction to the Derbyshire Peak District in novels including In Bitter Chill and her latest, A Patient Fury, featuring Detective Constable Connie Childs.

Murderous Menu

Antipasti board to share (no theft please!)


Roasted ‘terrifying’ topside of beef ‘punished’ with Yorkshire pudding and gravy
‘The butler did it’ baked skate wing with ‘Poirot’ caper & lemon beurre noisette
‘Criminal’ creamy tomato & basil linguini ‘incriminated’ with crispy ‘Morse’ mozzarella


Warm ‘assassin’s’ apple & pear crumble served with ‘Miss Marple’ custard
Baked ‘villainous’ vanilla & dark chocolate ripple cheesecake with bitter chocolate ice cream
‘Gripping’ glazed lemon tart with ‘Rebus’ raspberry sorbet


Coffee ‘prosecuted’ with petit fours


4 March 2018


12.00pm  - 3.00pm




Old Hall Hotel

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