ONE of the world’s greatest crime novelists attracted a sellout crowd for an event organised by Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
BBC Radio Four’s Mark Lawson was on hand to conduct the interviewing duties on Saturday night with the queen of the forensic thriller, Patricia Cornwall.
The one-off special event attracted an audience of 350 people to hear the bestselling author reveal the secrets of the Red Mist, her 19th novel featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
The success of this literary series is said to have influenced the development of hit TV series such as CSI.
Patricia looked at how the characters of the Scarpetta novels had developed over such a lengthy period of time.
She said that, as well as her role in shaping the lives of her characters they in turn had shaped her life too. As part of her research she likes to try her hand at things they would do, putting herself into the situations of her characters in order to write accurately and convincingly.
The Miami-born Cornwall also told of her research of Jack The Ripper which prompted her to write Portrait of a Killer—Jack the Ripper: Case Closed, published in 2002.
l The phenomenally successful Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will return in its full guise in July 2012.