Portsmouth BookFest summer in collaboration with Mystery People presents:

Portsmouth MysteryFest Saturday 2nd June 10.15am-5pm


Acting Can Be Murder/Life of Brian Saturday 14th July 2pm-4.30pm

Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

Tickets are available from your nearest Portsmouth City Council Library.

Portsmouth MysteryFest £15 (Ticket includes a cream tea lunch).

Come along to a fun and informative day exploring crime fiction and fact with crime fiction authors, academics, and experts from the University of Portsmouth.

Your ticket includes:

Contemporary crime fiction panel with authors Judith Cranswick, Jeff Dowson, Christine Hammacott, Leigh Russell, Peter Tickler and Carol Westron

A talk on forensics by Paul Smith and Colin White (University of Portsmouth)

Four shorter talks:

  • Agatha Christie- Stranger than death – Gaynor Baker (University of Bath Spa)
  • Not much like the Gentle Touch! – Dot Marshall-Gent
  • Murder and moving car parks in Oxford – Peter Tickler
  • Writing a bestselling series – Leigh Russell

Mystery History Panel – The past is a foreign country with authors Barbara Nadel, Leigh Russell, William Shaw, Nicola Slade, Linda Stratmann and Carol Westron.

A Fun Crime Fiction Quiz with bestselling books for prizes.

There will also be the chance to buy books and have them signed by the authors.


Acting can be Murder & The Life of Brian with Linda Regan & Brian Murphy £4

In this fun event, actor and crime fiction author Linda Regan will talk about her acting career and her newer career in crime writing. Following a short tea/ coffee break (included in your ticket), Linda will interview her husband Brain Murphy, star of stage and screen.

This promises to be a fascinating afternoon, looking at the acting profession, writing crime and the Portsmouth that Brian grew up in.