Co-founder of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival and best selling author Val McDermid

IN PICTURES: The guests at world's best crime-writing festival

The cream of crime-writers will gather for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan, Harrogate, from Thursday July 18 to Sunday July 21.

Here's who will be lining up. Tickets can be booked now - Weekend Rover: £236, Friday Rover: £93, Saturday Rover: £105. Box office: 01423 562 303, or book online harrogate internationalfestivals.com Individual event tickets will go on sale on Tuesday April 9 at 10am.

Jeffery Deaver will be coming from the US to talk about his best-selling novels which include The Bone Collector

5. State side

Jeffery Deaver will be coming from the US to talk about his best-selling novels which include The Bone Collector
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Master of the suburban thriller and Netflix collaborator Harlan Coben

6. Murder mystery specialist

Master of the suburban thriller and Netflix collaborator Harlan Coben
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The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, is the apt setting for the festival. The once queen of crime Agatha Christie stayed here.

7. Plot location

The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, is the apt setting for the festival. The once queen of crime Agatha Christie stayed here.
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Writer Eva Dolan. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was a teenager, Long Way Home is her debut novel and the start of a major new crime series.

8. Fantastic fiction

Writer Eva Dolan. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was a teenager, Long Way Home is her debut novel and the start of a major new crime series.
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