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WIN: A set of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series and a pot of honey goodness!

2 June, 2021

To celebrate this month’s release of the latest Laurie R. King book, Castle Shade, Allison and Busby invite you to take part in a special giveaway where you can win some delightful goodies.

Rachel Caine

3 November, 2020

All of the team at Allison & Busby were saddened to hear that our long-term author and friend Rachel Caine passed away on 1st November. A&B has published Rachel for over a decade and we have loved sharing her action-packed stories with the world and taking her on tour across the UK on multiple occasions. […]

A Goodbye to Literary Agent Dot Lumley

8 October, 2013

We were all so sorry to hear that Dot Lumley of the Dorian Literary Agency has passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was wonderfully warm and friendly, and a delight to work with. She will be much missed by her loyal authors and her many publishing friends and colleagues.

Crime-writer Robert Barnard dies, aged 76.

23 September, 2013

Revered crime-writer Robert Barnard has died, aged 76. He spent over 40 years penning countless crime novels and short stories, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in crime writing.

Adrian Magson at Bookmarks Festival, Helmdon

31 July, 2013

Sunday 25th August, 3pm HELMDON Bestselling crime writer Adrian Magson will be appearing at Bookmarks Festival in Helmdon, Northamptonshire. Whilst there, Adrian will be reading from his latest Lucas Rocco mystery, Death at the Clos du Lac, taking part in a Q&A as well as signing copies of the book. The event is part of […]

Judith Flanders joins A&B’s fiction list

30 July, 2013

Allison & Busby is thrilled to welcome Judith Flanders to their fiction list. The two-book deal will see Flanders’ novel WRITER’S BLOCK published in hardback in spring 2014.

D E Meredith at Richmond Literary Festival

25 July, 2013

Thursday 28th November, 7.30pm EAST SHEEN LIBRARY As part of Richmond Literary Festival, D.E. Meredith will be taking part in a discussion with fellow authors Essie Fox and Lloyd Shepherd at East Sheen Library, Sheen Lane, SW14 8LP. She will do a reading from her latest Victorian crime novel The Devil’s Ribbon as well as […]

Martin Edwards at Gladfest

24 July, 2013

Saturday 7th September, 8pm GLADSTONE LIBRARY Join crime writer Martin Edwards in an interactive lecture called ‘Who killed George Hargrave?’ and solve the Victorian mystery with Martin as your guide. Winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger, Martin writes the bestselling Lake District mysteries and his latest and sixth installment, The Frozen Shroud is out […]

Martin Edwards at Gladstone Library

24 July, 2013

Tuesday 13th August, 7.30pm GLADSTONE’S LIBRARY Best-selling crime writer Martin Edwards will be launching his latest book, The Frozen Shroud which is the sixth edition to his award-winning Lake District crime novel series, at Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, CH5 3DF. Martin will read from The Frozen Shroud as well as take questions about the novel […]

D E Meredith at Thames Valley History Festival

23 July, 2013

Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm VENUE TBC A&B’s D E Meredith will be joining a panel entitled The English and The Exotic to discuss the English exploration of exotic lands – a theme which features in D E Meredith’s Victorian crime novel Devoured. Tickets are £7.50 and will go on sale in early October. Check back […]


19 July, 2013

Self-proclaimed ‘book addict’ Simon Savidge of Savidge Reads has nominated Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth as one of the top 5 novels that he believes deserves to win the Booker.

Alex Wheatle at Literary Bites

16 July, 2013

Wednesday 31st July, 7pm – 9.30pm LONDON Literary Bites is a new initiative by Words of Colour Productions, connecting aspiring scribes with published writers over great food. At each event, an established author, such as A&B’s Alex Wheatle will read from and discuss their work over a carefully sourced and quality menu that is affordably […]

Alanna Knight at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

16 July, 2013

Sunday 15th September, 12.30pm STIRLING HIGHLAND HOTEL In conversation with fellow author David Ashton, Alanna Knight will be celebrating Scotland’s greatest writer in a discussion called Robert Louis Stevenson as the Split Detective. Alanna’s Rose McQuinn and Inspector Faro novels, such as Murders Most Foul, are rich in Stevenson’s influence. Tickets are £7/£6 concession and […]

Alanna Knight & Alex Gray at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

11 July, 2013

Sunday 15th September, 2pm ALBERT HALLS STIRLING Crime writing is much more about the characters than the crime. Great characters make great series. Meet three uniquely different characters and their creators to find out just why readers demand more and more of the adventures of the Alanna Knight’s Inspector Faro and Glasgow’s DCI Lorimer by […]

Martin Edwards in Liverpool

11 July, 2013

Wednesday 31st July, 7pm FORMBY BOOKS Join Martin Edwards at Formby Books annual CWA Crime BBQ for a crime quiz, food and drink as well as talks from Martin and fellow crime writers Kate Ellis and Sheila Quigley. Martin’s most recent Lake District mystery The Frozen Shroud was published in June and he will do […]

Alanna Knight at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

10 July, 2013

Friday 16th August, 11am – 12noon   WRITER’S RETREAT, EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL Edinburgh’s streets are steeped in literary history. From Scott and Stevenson to Renton and Rebus, writers have responded to the character and characters of Auld Reekie. In this special reading workshop, Alanna Knight, author of the much-loved Inspector Faro series and the Rose […]

Aline Templeton at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

8 July, 2013

Saturday 14th September, 5.00pm STIRLING HIGHLAND HOTEL “A killing, a mystery, an enquiry and a conclusion with an element of satisfaction in it”. The ingredients of good crime fiction according to Margery Allingham in the 1940s. But does that recipe still hold true for contemporary crime novels? And do you have to plan it all […]

Zoe Sharp at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

8 July, 2013

Saturday 14th September, 6.30pm STIRLING HIGHLAND HOTEL Zoe Sharp‘s Charlie Fox is a gun-toting woman to be reckoned with. A flawed and fascinating character whose outings are thick with action matched with emotional subplot. Join her as she chats with author Julia Crouch about inspiration for her Charlie Fox thrillers. Tickets are £7/£6 concessions and […]

Mary Nichols in Cambridgeshire

3 July, 2013

Tuesday 20th August, 7.30pm HEYDON & GREAT CHISHILL WI Join A&B historical novelist Mary Nichols as she talks about her latest book, Escape by Moonlight and her life as a best selling romantic writer. She has been shortlisted for various awards, including the RNA Historical Novel of the Year and has written over twenty novels […]

Edward Marston & Judith Cutler at FEVA Festival in Knaresborough

3 July, 2013

Friday 16th August, 7.30pm KNARESBOROUGH LIBRARY The husband and wife team of Edward Marston and Judith Cutler have written over 80 crime novels between them, including Peril on the Royal Train and Shadow of the Past. Edward’s speciality is historical crime, with series such as The Home Front Detective, while Judith’s focus is on the […]

Martin Edwards, Penelope Evans & Priscilla Masters at St Hilda’s Mystery & Crime Weekend

2 July, 2013

16th – 18th August, St Hilda’s College, OXFORD The 20th annual St Hilda’s Mystery & Crime Weekend. This year’s theme ‘From Here to Eternity’: The Present & Future of Crime Fiction. The conference speakers include A&B’s Martin Edwards, Penelope Evans, and Priscilla Masters will be the after dinner speaker. Their own crime novels include the […]