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.

James Patterson is one of the stand-out guests of this year's festival.'Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels

9. Headline act

James Patterson is one of the stand-out guests of this year's festival.'Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels
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Crime-writer Val McDermid will be in conversation with Scotland's First Minister and book fan Nicola Sturgeon

10. Festival founder

Crime-writer Val McDermid will be in conversation with Scotland's First Minister and book fan Nicola Sturgeon
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Belinda Bauer (is a British writer of crime novels. Her debut novel Blacklands earned her the British Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger award for the best crime novel of 2010.'In July 2018 Bauer's novel, Snap, was longlisted for that year's Man Booker Prize.

11. Booker nominated

Belinda Bauer (is a British writer of crime novels. Her debut novel Blacklands earned her the British Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger award for the best crime novel of 2010.'In July 2018 Bauer's novel, Snap, was longlisted for that year's Man Booker Prize.
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MC Beaton is the writer of the Agatha Raisin series set in the Cotswolds and Hamish MacBeth series set in the Scottish Highlands.'Both series have been turned in to TV programmes

12. Series sensation

MC Beaton is the writer of the Agatha Raisin series set in the Cotswolds and Hamish MacBeth series set in the Scottish Highlands.'Both series have been turned in to TV programmes
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