Crime Comes To Cromarty

7 Mar 2013 in Highland, Writing

Crime Comes to Cromarty
Friday April 12th – Sunday April 14th 2013

To kick off the very first Crime and Thrillers weekend in Cromarty, on Friday April 12th 2013, Cromarty Arts Trust will be hosting a Murder Mystery dinner at the Royal Hotel in Cromarty. A gruesome and grizzly murder will happen before your very eyes but who done it? That is the question.

The weekend will continue with 4 of the best exponents of this genre – Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Anne Perry and David Hewson.

Thanks to an award from Creative Scotland, this has given the Cromarty Arts Trust an opportunity to work with partners in Cromarty and the Black Isle to present this event.

On Saturday and Sunday, the writers will be giving illustrated talks on their own books and styles of writing. This format will be of great interest to those budding writers out there as well as aficionados of the Crime and Thrillers genre. Sessions will be held all over Cromarty: at the Stables, Victoria Hall, the Brewery and the Courthouse.

Books will be on sale and book signings will be happening too.

Ian Rankin, OBE, DL is one of Scotland’s best known crime writers known for his Inspector Rebus novels. He has also written several pieces of literary criticism. Originally from Fife he now has an international reputation with many awards to his credit including the Cartier Diamond Dagger, Edgar Award for Best Novel, Grand Prix de Littérature Policière – International Category

Val McDermid is a Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels starring her most famous creation, Dr. Tony Hill. She is one of the biggest names in UK crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages, sold over 10 million copies worldwide and well over 1 million in the UK. Val’s awards include Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, Cartier Diamond Dagger, Dilys Award, Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, Anthony Award for Best Novel, Macavity Awards for Best Mystery Novel

Anne Perry is an English author of historical detective fiction now living in Ross Shire. Anne’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes.. Midnight At Marble Arch is the latest in the series, released September 2012. Her awards include the Agatha Award for Best Novel, Edgar Award for Best Short Story, Agatha Award for Best Short Story

David Hewson is a contemporary British author of mystery novels. His series of mysteries, featuring police officers in Rome, led by the young detective and art lover Nic Costa, began with A Season for the Dead. In June 2011 it was announced Hewson would write the novels based upon the first two series of the Danish TV series The Killing.

Details of the weekend:

  • Saturday 13th April 11am – 1pm Ian Rankin ‘Bringing Rebus Back’
  • Saturday 13th April 11am – 1pm David Hewson ‘The Killing – Between TV and Fiction’
  • Saturday 13th April 2.30-4.30 Val McDermid ‘Killing People for Fun and Profit’
  • Saturday 13th April 2.30-4.30 Anne Perry ‘Put Your Heart on the Page!’

Saturday Concert and Supper at Resolis Hall from 6.30pm featuring the incredible Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Come and enjoy some good old time bluegrass music!

  • Sunday 14th April 11am – 1pm Ian Rankin and Val McDermid – ‘The Vitality of Scottish Crime Fiction’
  • Sunday 14th April 11am – 1pm Anne Perry and David Hewson – ‘Research, Location and Background’
  • Sunday 14th April 2.30-4.30 – A Question and Answer Session with all 4 authors followed by a Book Signing

For more information and to book your place, please contact:

The Cromarty Arts Trust, Ardyne, 19 Bank Street, Cromarty, The Black Isle IV11 8YE
Phone 01381 600354 or email:

Cromarty Arts Trust:

Source: Cromarty Arts Trust