Two successful crime writers aim to get under your skin

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A celebration of the art of crime writing will be the theme of the next Book Lovers’ Supper Club in Ditchling on Wednesday, June 18.

Top of the bill is Sophie Hannah, Crime Novelist of the Year 2013, who will be talking about her latest thriller, The Telling Error.

Billed as “a psychological thriller carried out to absolute perfection”, this is yet another creepy tale from the award-winning mistress of mind-bending storytelling.

Here’s a taster: “Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It’s definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road.

“Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape. Or so she thinks.

“The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road. Nicki can’t answer any of the questions detectives fire at her.

“She has no idea why the killer used a knife in a way that involved no spilling of blood, or why ‘HE IS NO LESS DEAD’ was painted across Blundy’s study. And she can’t explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life. Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent…”

Sarah Hilary, the second writer of the night, is a newcomer to the world of crime fiction but her talent is equally outstanding.

Someone Else’s Skin has been billed as “the breakthrough crime debut of 2014” and there’s already talk of a TV series about her heroine, DI Marnie Rome, a character akin to Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. For Marnie Rome, murder is personal as well as professional. She’s sent to interview a resident in a women’s refuge and finds a man lying stabbed on the floor.

The Book Lovers’ Supper Club was created by Ditchling resident Melanie Whitehouse to bring top authors to mid Sussex.

Tickets are £20 and include an Italian-inspired supper created by Sultan’s Delight, and a free glass of wine or fruit cordial. The Mint House will be selling discounted copies of the books at the end. The event takes place between 6.45pm and 9.30pm at The Barn, Ditchling Village Green. Tickets from Brighton Dome Ticket Office on 01273 709709 or (booking fees apply).

People can buy tickets in person from The Post Office, Ditchling, or The Mint House, Hurstpierpoint.

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