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Mystery People for writers and readers of mystery

Mystery People for writers and readers of mystery “There simply must be a corpse in a detective novel and the deader the corpse the better.”  S.S. Van Dine  an Dine


Portsmouth Central Library

  22 February  2019

  Tea with the Deadly Dames An afternoon of humour, crime fiction and cakes with The Deadly Dames,
Charlie   Cochrane, Joan Moules, Nicola Slade and Carol Westron,
and guest Dame, Sue Fortin.

University of Portsmouth

7 March 2019              Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth: Great Detectives Panel.

4 crime writers- Quentin Bates, Diana Bretherick, Charlie Cochrane and Carol Westron

will each advocate for a fictional detective to decide whether they deserve the title ‘Greatest Detective.’ Moderated by William Sutton.

Portsmouth Central Library

9 March 2019   10.00am-5.00pm: Mystery Fest  

A collaboration between Mystery People and Bookfest with a stellar cast of speakers. A feast of crime fiction. There will be 2 panels, 4 talks and an interview with our Guest of Honour, Simon Brett.


This varied and wide-ranging 15-day tour features the culture and history of several of the most beautiful and intriguing areas of England and Wales, with a special interest in crime writers who live and/or set their novels there.  Participants will meet on the morning of Wednesday July 17, 2019, in the Manchester Airport, Manchester, England, and be transported to Harrogate, Yorkshire, for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, 18-21 July.   From Harrogate, we travel to Stratfordupon-Avon, then to Oxfordshire, next to northern Wales, and finally to Chester in Cheshire, England.

The tentative itinerary includes the following: Attendance at Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, now in its 16th year; a walking tour of Harrogate and  a tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park; a walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon; a full pass to all five Shakespeare family homes; a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company; a visit to Warwick Castle; a visit to Coventry Cathedral; a tour of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, and a visit to his graveside at Bladon; a full day in Oxford, including a walking tour; a stop in Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury Abbey, home to the fictional Brother Cadfael; a visit to Portmeirion Village, a private village resort;  Conwy Castle, one of the finest surviving  medieval fortifications in Britain; Snowdonia in north Wales, with majestic mountains; Betws-y-Coed and Beddgelert, both set in stunningly beautiful valleys in Snowdonia National Park; a visit to Llangollen, home to the annual Eisteddfod; and a tour of Chester, a walled city with the largest Roman amphitheater in Britain and a 1,000-yearold cathedral.  

Tour price includes:  

  The Harrogate Conference package, which includes 4 nights bed and breakfast; the Weekend Rover Ticket which includes all festival events; and the Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday.

11 nights’ lodging with full English breakfast on tour after the Harrogate conference

Welcome and farewell receptions -

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Tickets are available in any Portsmouth City Council Library or at
£15 including a light lunch .