Crime & Coffee Fest Opening event with Mick Finlay & Katherine Stansfield + Derec Jones Book Launch

Cardiff Central Library Hub, Cardiff, CF101FL
Mon 3rd June 2019
Mick Finlay writes historical crime fiction and is the author of the Arrowood series. His first novel ‘Arrowood’ was published in 2017 by HQ (Harper Collins), and has been translated into 8 languages. The sequel ‘The Murder Pit’ was published in January, 2019. The third Arrowood novel will be published in April, 2020.  Mick Finlay was born in Glasgow and grew up in Canada and England. He now divides his time between Brighton and Cambridge. Mick teaches part-time in a Psychology Department, and has published research on political violence, persuasion, and verbal and non-verbal behaviour. Before becoming an academic, he ran a market stall on Portobello Road, and has worked as a tent-hand in a travelling circus, a butcher’s boy, a hotel porter, and in various jobs in the NHS and social services.

Katherine Stansfield is a multi-genre novelist and poet who grew up in Cornwall and now lives in Cardiff.
Katherinewrites the historical crime series Cornish Mysteries, which is set in the1840s: Falling Creatures (2017, Book of the Month in TheTimes, shortlisted for the Holyer an Gof fiction prize and the WinstonGraham Memorial Prize), The Magpie Tree (2018), and TheMermaid’s Call (September 2019). She is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Cardiff University, where she also teaches the Writing Crime Fiction course for the university's School of Continuing and Professional Education.

This event will be followed by launch of Busted, the new novel from Derec Jones.
Derec Jones was born in Llanelli on the South Wales coast and brought up on a large council estate. He lives in Cardiff. He has published ten books, including five novels suchas ‘Bums’ and ‘Boys from the Backfields’.
Busted is the latest in a series of Elchurch Tales by Derec Jones. It’s the early 1990’s in the large town of Elchurch on the South Wales coast. Family man Dylan D’arcy, a struggling businessman, is on the verge of going bust – again. Out of the blue, successful local entrepreneur Kevin Brown walks into his office and offers him a lifeline but soon there is an upsurge in drugs-related crime in the town and the antics of local underworld figure Arthur Roberts cast a dark shadow over Dylan and his family business.

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