More Than A Good Whodunit

Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Ann Cleeves, Ausma Zehanat Khan

More Than A Good Whodunit

Moderator: Lonnie Propas

Event Number: 15
Tickets: $20.00

More Than A Good Whodunit

Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Ann Cleeves, Ausma Zehanat Khan

Tuesday, October 17
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

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Mark Billingham says the crime novel is “uniquely placed” to reflect the world through the crimes people commit, and to shine a light into some of the darker corners of society. Tackling tough subjects from “honour” killings to cybercrime and online hacking, and from the intrusion of Iran’s tumultuous politics into a peace-loving Muslim community to police and council corruption in the midst of post-industrial deprivation in northern England, these crime novelists not only weave brilliant whodunits but also help us understand that the causes of those crimes are far more difficult to unravel than the crimes themselves.

Presented with Raincoast Books

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Event Participants:

Mark Billingham

United Kingdom

Before becoming a noted crime writer, Mark Billingham worked as an actor, a television writer and a stand-up comedian. His books Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into popular television shows and all of his novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne have appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list. DI Thorne returns this year in Love Like Blood, in which he helps another detective whose partner has been murdered, possibly due to the cold-case honour killings she has been investigating.


Chris Brookmyre


Chris Brookmyre’s award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning established him as a noteworthy crime author and his series of Jack Parlabane books have sold more than one million copies in the UK. He has published more than 20 novels which incorporate comedy, social commentary, action and politics. He has worked as a journalist and was the President of the Humanist Society Scotland for many years. Brookmyre’s new work, Want You Gone, follows Parlabane as he is thrust into a world of blackmail and hackers exploring how private information is made public in the digital age.


Ann Cleeves

United Kingdom

Ann Cleeves’ crime novels featuring Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez have sold millions of copies, been translated into 20 languages, and found been adapted into successful television series.  Last fall, she celebrated publishing 30 books in 30 years. Her latest novel in the Vera Stanhope series, The Seagull, focuses on fracturing families and corruption that can tear apart a community as past events clash with the present.


Ausma Zehanat Khan

Canada / United States

Ausma Zehanat Khan is a writer and long-time community activist. She holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law, taught human rights law in university and practiced immigration law in Toronto. She is also a frequent lecturer and commentator, with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. Among the Ruins is a powerful mystery about a murdered filmmaker in Iran and explores what it means to be Muslim in the West. She is also at work on a fantasy series.