alibis in the archive 2021

Alibis in the Archive 2021 Online

10th October - 11th October 2021

Alibis in the Archive is back. Organised by award-winning crime writer Martin Edwards, this event features acclaimed authors who will pull back the curtain on the art of penning compelling crime narratives.  
To book onto individual events, or to buy a weekend pass, click here. All individual talks are £3, and the weekend pass is £15. 

Saturday October 9th

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves… the Crime Scene with Lynne Truss


Lynne Truss in conversation with Simon Brett. Lynne turned to crime after a varied and successful career in print and on radio, but is best known for her bestselling book on punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which sold three million copies worldwide. The fourth of her Constable Twitten series, Psycho by the Sea, was published in June by Raven Books. This month a collection of 26 Radio 4 stories, Life at Absolute Zero, is released by BBC Worldwide.

Simon Brett is President Emeritus of the Detection Club, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger award, and author of over 100 books, including the Charles Paris series. His novel A Shock to the System was filmed with Michael Caine in the lead. 

Howdunit with Martin Edwards with David Brawn

Multi-award winner Martin Edwards, author of Gallows Court and Mortmain Hall, will distil some of the crime-writing wisdom to be found in Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club, also edited by Martin, which won this year’s HRF Keating Award for best critical/biographical book in the crime field and was nominated for five other awards in Britain and the US.

Martin will be joined by editor, publisher and crime aficionado David Brawn of HarperCollins, and their conversation will encompass not only tips for would-be crime writers but also insights into the ups and downs of the crime writing life.

Murder on Stage with Rupert Holmes and Joseph Goodrich


Rupert Holmes is not only a highly successful singer-songwriter whose hit singles include ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song’) and ‘Him’ but also a multi-award winning crime writer who has achieved success with novels, plays, and musicals. He created the hit US TV mystery series Remember WENN, writing all 56 episodes as well as the theme song, won two Tony awards for the musical Drood, and saw his crime novel Where The Truth Lies filmed with Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon in the lead roles. His mystery play Accomplices won an Edgar, while Curtains, a musical co-written with Kander and Ebb, was enjoying a major British tour with Jason Manford in the lead prior to the pandemic interrupting its run in 2020.

Joseph Goodrich is a multi-talented American writer and actor who won an Edgar for his stage play Panic. His books include a study of Ellery Queen and Unusual Suspects, a compilation of his essays about the genre. He and Rupert will give a personal perspective of crime writing for stage and screen – with and without music!

Sunday October 10th

There’s no police like Holmes, featuring Bonnie MacBird in conversation with David Brawn


Bonnie has loved Sherlock Holmes since age ten, and after a long Hollywood career as a screenwriter, story exec and producer, she now writes The Sherlock Holmes Adventures for HarperCollins —  standalone novels in traditional style.  She thinks that Sherlock Holmes is just what readers need in these troubled times.

The timeless appeal of crime fiction, a conversation featuring Antonia Hodgson, Len Tyler, Michael Jecks and Ruth Dudley Edwards


Michael Jecks is the author of nearly fifty crime and mystery novels and collaborated on eight other titles. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, he has been a full-time author for nearly thirty years and lives on Dartmoor.

Ruth Dudley Edwards is an historian and journalist. The targets of her satirical crime novels include the civil service, gentlemen’s clubs, Cambridge University, the House of Lords and literary prizes. She won the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award for Murdering Americans in 2008 and in 2010 the CWA Non Fiction Gold Dagger for Aftermath: the Omagh bombings and the families’ pursuit of justice.

L C Tyler is a former chair of the Crime Writers Association who is the author of both contemporary and historical crime fiction. He has twice won the Last Laugh Award for the best comic crime novel of the year and a CWA Dagger for his short story ’The Trials of Margaret’, as well as being shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger and for the Edgar Allan Poe awards in the US.

Antonia Hodgson is the author of the bestselling Thomas Hawkins historical crime series. She has been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and her debut, The Devil in the Marshalsea, won the CWA Historical Dagger.  

Traditional detective fiction today – the view from America. A panel featuring Verena Rose, Shawn Reilly-Simmons, Tonya Spratt-Williams and Art Taylor


Verena Rose is the Chair of Malice Domestic and the Anthony Award winning co-editor of Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible.  She is co-owner, chief financial officer and acquisitions editor for Level Best Books and as its representative, Verena is a member of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and the Crime Readers Association (CRA).

Art Taylor
 is the author of The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense and the winner of the Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, Edgar, and Macavity Awards for his fiction. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University.

Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of seven novels in the Red Carpet Catering Mystery series, and of over twenty published short stories. Shawn has won the Agatha Award for her short fiction and the Anthony Award for editing; she works as an editor at Level Best Books and serves on the Board of Malice Domestic.  


To book onto individual events, or to buy a weekend pass, click here. All individual talks are £3, and the weekend pass is £15. 

As part of a new access initiative here at the Library, all our non-residential events will have one free place available. Details coming soon.

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