For the first time ever, we will be unlocking The Crime Vault at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival this July.

Taking place in The Library at The Swan Hotel on Saturday 20th, the vault will be unlocked at 10am by bestselling author Val McDermid and throughout the day various Little,Brown authors will visit the room for talks and signings. As well as an in conversation event between Alex Marwood (The Poison Garden) and Vanessa Savage (The Woman in the Dark), the line-up includes signings with Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, MW Craven, Chris Brookmyre and Mark Griffin. Little,Brown will also be launching their lead crime debut of 2020, Seven Lies, by Elizabeth Kay with a special edition proof giveaway.

There will also be a ‘cosy’ crime corner giving festival goers the chance to relax and listen to some brilliantly chilling audiobook extracts, alongside exclusive freebies and giveaways.

Keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook throughout the day and follow #TheCrimeVault.


10am: Val McDermid to open the vault and sign

11am – MW Craven signing of samplers of his new novel Black Summer

11.30amMark Griffin signing of samplers of his new novel When Darkness Calls

12.15pm – Mark Billingham signing

2pmChris Brookmyre – signing samplers of his latest novel Fallen Angel

3pmAlex Marwood in conversation with Vanessa Savage

4pm Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay proofs launch

5pm Clare Mackintosh signing