Bestselling author Mark Edwards was invited to kick off London’s inaugural Capital Crime Writing Festival launch last night.

Together with British Book Award winner Louise Candlish, Mark appeared on stage in conversation with Radio 2 Book Club presenter Joe Haddow to discuss the global appeal of the crime genre.

He said: “In real life the crime doesn’t always get solved. With crime novels you get that satisfying ending with a twist to make readers think something interesting is going to happen after the end of the book.”

The Capital Crime Writing Festival will take place between 26th-28th September at the Grand Connaught Rooms, and will be a celebration of everything crime and thriller fiction related. Those attending the festival are the best that crime creatives have to offer. Writers and filmmakers that we all know and love have been invited, as well as some fresh new faces that are creating a stir. In total, festival creators Adam Hamdy and David Headley hope to welcome 1,600 guests to the festival over the course of the three days.

Ruth Ware, Robert Harris and Ian Rankin are amongst the line up that will appear at the festival.

Mark Edwards has topped the bestseller list no less than eight times, and has sold over three million copies of his novels collectively since he was first published in 2013.

Mark writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people. He lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children, two cats and a golden retriever.

His new novel, Here To Stay, is due for publication by Thomas & Mercer in September this year. You can find a list of Mark’s full backlist here.