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Recent and Forthcoming Events

"My Life of Crime"
7.30 pm, Wednesday 11 January, Dunham Massey Village Hall, Dunham Massey
Martin will talk about his career as a crime writer

Classic Crime Week-end
21-22 January, British Library, London
Martin will explore the classic crime novel in a two-day course.

University of Madrid Congress
23 February
Martin will talk about the revival of interest in Golden Age fiction as part of the G.K. Chesterton congress hosted by the University of Madrid.

Emirates Literature Festival
1-8 March, Dubai
Martin will host a murder mystery dinner, and take part in panels with Kathy Reichs and others.

Left Coast Crime
16-19 March, Honolulu
Martin will be taking part in LCC as a panellist.

Newcastle Noir
11 April, Lit and Phil, Newcastle
Martin will be talking about the Golden Age of Murder: details from Kay Easson, Librarian.

Malice Domestic
27-30 April, Bethesda, Washington DC
Martin will receive the Poirot Award and will be interviewed by Cathy Ace.

18-21 May, Bristol
Martin will be taking part in Authors Remembered and other events.

Launch of Taking Detective Stories Seriously
6pm, 24 May, Hatchards of Piccadilly (booking essential via
Martin will talk about this new book of crime reviews by Dorothy L. Sayers, for which he has written a deteailed commentary.

Alibis in the Archives
9-11 June, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden
Martin will be hosting this new event to celebrate the establishment of the CWA and Detection Club archives.

Bodies from the Library
17 June, British Library, London
Martin will be talking about Cyril Hare.

Tours of Discovery
18 July, The Swan Hotel, Grasmere
Martin will talk at a private event and dinner about the Lake District Mysteries.

Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival
20-23 July, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Martin will take part in a panel discussing crime writing lawyers.

12-15 October, Toronto
Martin will take part as a panellist.

Victorian Murder Mystery

Martin's inter-active Victorian murder mystery 'Who Killed George Hargrave?' has been performed with much success to large audiences at libraries and other venues in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, County Durham, the Isle of Man, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, North Tyneside, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Trafford, Kirklees, Teeside, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, and Merseyside.

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1920s Murder Mystery

Martin’s second murder mystery event, “Murder at the Manor”, set in the 1920s, the Golden Age of detective fiction, was premiered at the Newcastle Winter Books Festival in November 2011. Martin is also able to provide tailor-made murder mysteries for corporate events and festivals.


Martin offers a wide range of talks and after dinner speeches. In the field of crime fiction, his talks about "Why do we care whodunit?", the Golden Age of crime fiction, Secrets of the Detection Club, locked room mysteries, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and contemporary crime fiction have all been very well received. In the area of true crime, he offers talks about Dr Crippen and also aspects of CSI, famous murder cases, and unsolved mysteries.

Workshops, coaching and mentoring

Martin has successfully conducted writing workshops and is also an experienced coach and mentor. For details of workshop topics, please get in touch by email.

Writer in residence

Martin has previously acted as a part-time writer in residence and will be able to take on a limited number of assignments in the future.

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