Nicci French and Ambrose Parry are both husband and wife teams who write thrillers together. Writing is generally seen as a solitary pursuit so how easy is it to write with your spouse? What happens if one person’s killer twist doesn’t fit in with the other’s character development? Or one of you is a stickler for historical accuracy? Join them to discover more about these criminal couples!

In conversation with fellow crime writer and Festival patron, Mark Billingham.


In October 2019, The Lying Room, the new standalone novel from Nicci French, will be published. During April and subject to availability, when you purchase a ticket for Murder They Wrote, a 50-page extract of the opening chapter of The Lying Room will be waiting for you at the event.

Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man.

She doesn’t call the police.

A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve is all of these things.

A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve is all of these things.

Is she also a murderer?