Don’t just read the books – meet the authors…

Storyhouse is all about bringing stories to life and on Wednesday 21st June, best-selling crime writers Mark Billingham and John Connolly will do just that. This is a chance to listen to two masters of their craft talk about their latest books featuring detectives Tom Thorne and Charlie Parker, respectively, and their delight in racking up tension and body counts. But in a fun way – Mark used to be a stand-up and he and John always entertain.

Tickets are just £5 and Waterstones will be on hand so that you can get copies of Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham and A Game Of Ghosts by John Connolly, and both authors will be book signing after the event.


Approx 90 mins



The best thrillers make you see familiar territory in a new light. Mark Billingham has always done that
[John Connolly's] series of superb novels built around the haunted private detective Charlie Parker

Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham

Tom Thorne is back, and the stakes have never been higher…

DI Tom Thorne and DI Nicola Tanner investigate a series of brutal killings in London in the year’s most shocking crime novel – and the most daring work yet from number one bestseller Mark Billingham.

As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.

Tom Thorne returns to London in a masterful thriller, highlighting a very real and terrible crime, whose victims are those we should be fighting hardest to protect.

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

It is deep winter.  The darkness is unending.

The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down.   Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found.

Eklund is no ordinary investigator.   He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings.  Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund’s world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts . . .

John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968.  His debut novel, Every Dead Thing, immediately launched him into the front rank of mystery thriller writers, and each of his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers.   His crime anthology, Books to Die For, edited with Declan Burke was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and the Macavity Awards for Best Non-fiction.   He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2016 he won the CWA Short Story Dagger with his story; ‘On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier’ from NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Vol 2.