Panel 9: Foreign Bodies: 6pm–8pm, Sunday 12 July #BritCrime

6pm–8pm UK Time | 11am–1pm EST
Sunday 12 July
Live Q&A with the authors hosted on our Facebook page
Quentin Bates: Summerchill

An Icelandic murder mystery...

It's the tail end of a hot summer when half of Reykjavík is on holiday and the other half wishes it was. Things are quiet when a man is reported missing from his home in the suburbs. As Gunna and Helgi investigate, it becomes clear that the missing man had secrets of his own that lead to a sinister set of friends, and to someone with little to lose who is a fugitive from both justice and the underworld. It becomes a challenge for Gunna to tail both the victim and his would-be executioner, racing to catch up with at least one of them before they finally meet.

Quentin Bates escaped suburbia as a teenager for a decade in Iceland before eventually returning to England. A former seaman, he fell into writing books largely by accident via an accidental career in journalism and now writes crime novels set in his adopted second home in Iceland. He is the translator of number one bestseller Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson.
M J McGrath: The Bone Seeker

 A gripping, atmospheric thriller set in the Arctic's long white nights...
A missing girl. A dark betrayal. Summer in the High Arctic. When young Inuit Martha Salliaq goes missing from her settlement, her teacher, ex Polar Bear Hunter Edie Kiglatuk enlists her police friend Derek Palliser to help search for the girl. But once a body is discovered floating in a polluted lake on the site of a decommissioned Radar Station, Edie's worst fears are realised.

As the investigation into Martha's murder begins, the Inuit community - and Martha's devastated family - are convinced the culprits lie within the encampment of soldiers stationed nearby. Before long Sergeant Palliser finds evidence linking two of the men with the dead girl. But Edie and local lawyer Sonia Gutierrez remain unconvinced. Why are the military quite so willing to cooperate with the investigation? What has Edie's boyfriend Chip Muloon, a simple academic researcher, got to hide? And why has the lake where Martha's body was found been suddenly cordoned off?

 A gripping, atmospheric thriller set in the Arctic's long white nights, in The Bone Seeker the very personal murder of a young girl will explode a decades-long tale of the very darkest betrayal. This is the third novel in the hugely compelling Edie Kiglatuk series, set in the Artic's long summer nights.

 Melanie McGrath is a journalist and author of bestselling nonfiction. As MJ McGrath, she writes the Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries.The series has been translated into 18 languages. The Bone Seeker has been long listed for the 2015 CWA Gold Dagger and is a Financial Times crime pick of the year. 

K T Medina: White Crocodile

A web of lies that stretches from Cambodia back to England...

When emotionally damaged mine-clearer Tess Hardy travels to Cambodia to find out the truth behind her ex-husband's death, she doesn't know much about the country or its beliefs.

On arrival, she finds that teenage mothers are going missing, while others are being found mutilated and murdered.

As local superstitions breed fear, Tess is drawn into a web of lies that stretches from Cambodia to another murder in England, and a violent secret twenty years old. 

K. T. Medina spent five years in the Territorial Army, first as an officer trainee and then as a Troop Commander in the Royal Engineers. She has worked at Jane's Information Group and McKinsey and Company, and as a lecturer at London Business School. Whilst at Jane's she spent time in Cambodia, working with mine clearance charities. She now writes full time.
Daniel Pembrey: The Harbour Master

Ice-cold suspense in this Amsterdam noir tale as the search for a killer takes maverick copy Henk into a corrupt world of politics and power...

Maverick cop Henk van der Pol is thinking about retirement when he finds a woman’s body in Amsterdam Harbour. His detective instincts take over, even though it’s not his case. But Henk’s bigger challenge is deciding who his friends are – not to mention a vicious street pimp who is threatening Henk’s own family. As his search for the killer of the woman in Amsterdam Harbour takes him into a corrupt world of politics and power, Henk finds himself facing some murky moral choices.

The Harbour Master delivers for Amsterdam what fans of Scandinavian crime fiction have come to love: a fascinating light shone on the dark side of a famously liberal society, combining vivid characterisation with ice-cold suspense.

 Daniel Pembrey grew up beside Sherwood Forest, studied history at Edinburgh University, then worked for ten years at a technology company in Seattle and later Luxembourg. He now writes crime thrillers with a strongly ‘Euro noir’ flavour. To write The Habour Master, he spent several months living in the docklands area of Amsterdam, counting De Druif bar as his local ...

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