Marple is a small town on the edge of the Park District which, accordingly to a probably apocryphal story, provided Agatha Christie with the name of her famous female sleuth. It also happens to be the place where I live. Over the last couple of years, the town has established an excellent local festival, covering everything from the arts to food and drink. This year, I’ve been asked to participate in the festival as part of an evening devoted to crime fiction. The evening includes an interview with me and the brilliant Chris Simms, who also lives locally, as well as a crime quiz, a play, the results of a short story competition (with Chris and I reading the winning entries), book sales and signing, and no doubt lots more. There’s even a decently-stocked bar. The evening’s taking place on 27 September at the Carver Theatre in Marple, and you can find more details (including how to buy tickets) here. If you happen to be in the area, we’d love to see you there.