Stowmarket Library presents
Skulduggery in Stowmarket
24th - 26th April 2020
It is with great regret that Skullduggery in Stowmarket 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. It will run next year from 23rd to 25th April.
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What's on


An evening of fantastic music with Skiffuffle

Tickets £8 or two for £15 includes a pizza supper. Bar drinks available


10.00 - Rebecca Tope

11.15 - Harry Brett


13.30 - Louise Millar

14.45 - Jim Kelly

16.00 - Rory Clements


10.00 - Michael Jecks

11.15 - J M Hewitt


13.30 - Ruth Dugdall

14.45 - Laura Purcell

16.00 - Simon Brett

Tickets available from 1st February
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Author lineup

Rebecca Tope

Rebecca Tope

Secrets in the Cotswolds

Rebecca Tope is the author of over 30 crime novels, set in various parts of the English countryside. The two main series are the Cotswolds series featuring Thea Osborne/Slocombe, house-sitter and the Lake District series featuring Simmy Brown, florist. Both are amateur and often reluctant detectives.

Rebecca lives on the border between England and Wales. She has worked at many varied and unusual jobs in her time, and rates foreign travel as one of her main activities.

Simon Brett

Simon Brett

Tickled to Death

Simon Brett has published over a hundred books, many of them crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter, Fethering and Blotto & Twinks series. His stand-alone thriller, A Shock to the System, was made into a feature film, starring Michael Caine. Simon’s writing for radio and television includes After Henry, No Commitments and Smelling of Roses. Bill Nighy plays Charles Paris in the Radio 4 adaptations of his books.

In 2014 Simon was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association’s top award, the Diamond Dagger, and he was made an O.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to literature’.

Louise Millar

Louise Millar

Killer Woman

Louise Millar is the author of four acclaimed psychological thrillers. Her books have been published in ten countries and are Amazon Kindle best-sellers. Louise is a former senior editor of Marie Claire magazine, and the co-founder of the Killer Women crime-writing collective and the annual Killer Women Crime-writing Festival in London.

In September 2019, she was appointed Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Essex University. Originally from Glasgow, Louise spent 25 years in London, before moving to Suffolk where she now lives with her husband and two daughters. She is currently working on a fifth crime novel, set on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.

Rory Clements

Rory Clements

Hitler's women

Rory Clements was born and raised in Kent but has deep roots in Norfolk, where he now lives. A former journalist on national newspapers, he writes full-time in a 17th century farmhouse near Norwich. He has two series of historical thrillers - the John Shakespeare books, set in the late 16th century, and the Tom Wilde novels, which are largely set in and around Cambridge during the 1930s and 1940s.

He has won the CWA Historical Dagger twice - in 2010 for Revenger and in 2018 for Nucleus - and he has been short-listed for several awards. His latest novel is Hitler’s Secret, which is set in northern Germany and East Anglia in late 1941, in the days leading up to America’s entry into the war.

Ruth Dugdall

Ruth Dugdall

A life of crime. From probation officer to crime author

Ruth Dugdall studied English literature at Warwick university before training as a probation officer. She decided to concentrate on her writing career when her novel The Woman Before Me won the 2005 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger. Her novels are informed by her direct experiences working within the Criminal Justice System and are published internationally.

Her seven published novels focus on subjects that include human trafficking (Nowhere Girl), children who kill (Humber Boy B) and cannibalism (The Sacrificial Man). Most of Ruth’s writing is set in Suffolk, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Michael Jecks

Michael Jecks

Writing the Tudors

Michael Jecks is the author of 43 novels. His work encompasses his highly acclaimed Templar series of historical thrillers, his humorous Bloody Mary Tudor series, the Vintener trilogy, and a modern spy story, Act of Vengeance - described by Lee Child as ‘an instant classic British spy novel’. His books are inspired by history and legends covering the moors where he lives, but his stories are grounded in real life and real people: what motivates them, and what makes them turn to violence.

The founder of Medieval Murderers, he has served on the committees of the Crime Writers’ Association, Historical Writers’ Association, and The Detection Club. He has taught writing at Swanwick, Evesham, and tutored for the Royal Literary Fund at Exeter University. In 2014 he was honoured as the International Guest of Honour at the Bloody Words festival in Toronto, and as Grand Master of the first parade in the New Orleans Mardi Gras!

Henry Sutton

Harry Brett

East Anglian Crime

Harry Brett is a pseudonym for Henry Sutton.

He is the author of nine previous novels including My Criminal World and Get Me Out Of Here. He also co-authored the DS Jack Frost novel, First Frost, under the pseudonym James Henry.

He has been the Literary Editor of Esquire magazine and the Books Editor of the Daily Mirror. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he is a Senior Lecturer and the director of the new Creative Writing MA Crime Fiction. He lives in Norwich with his family.

Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell

Creating foreboding and tension in fiction

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller who lives in Colchester with her husband. Her first novel for Raven Books, The Silent Companions, won the 2018 WH Smith’s Thumping Good Read Award, was a Radio 2 Book Club pick, a Goldsboro Book of the Month and was featured on ITV’s inaugural The Zoe Ball Book Club, while Laura’s gothic chiller The Corset was acclaimed as a ‘masterpiece’ by readers and reviewers alike.

J.M Hewitt

J.M Hewitt

Using real life in fiction

J.M Hewitt is a crime writer living in Suffolk. The author won the BritCrime Pitch Competition 2015 and was selected as a finalist in the Twisted 50 Short Story Horror Collection 2016. She is a member of the Crime Writers Association and is the author of five crime fiction novels.

J.M Hewitt

Jim Kelly

War & Crime - the challenge of writing an historical thriller

Jim Kelly was born in 1957 and is the son of a Scotland Yard detective. He went to university in Sheffield, later training as a journalist and worked on the Bedfordshire Times, Yorkshire Evening Press and the Financial Times. His first book, "The Water Clock", was shortlisted for the John Creasey Award and he has since won a CWA Dagger in the Library and the New Angle Prize for Literature. He lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Where is it

Stowmarket library
Milton Rd East
IP14 1EZ
01449 700549