After a brief but very pleasant lunch break it was back to the panels with Writing the Wrongs- Morality in Crime Fiction.
Yrsa Sigurdardottir, who was banded up, claimed the moral high ground as she had not murdered her orthodontist yet. I have some reservations abut the long term success of adult orthodontics but none about seeking out the books written by this very attractive young lady. There was some crackling chemistry between the participants [Yrsa, Steve Mosby, Kevin Wignall, Laura Wilson and Jason Pinter] on this panel and they were obviously enjoying the process. The theory that crime writers were getting rid of their inner demons on the page and that is why they were all such nice people was an intriguing one. Ian Rankin was interviewed by Peter Guttridge and predictably this was the best attended event of the day. Rebus, his music and his retirement were discussed and as when I have watched Rankin on television he was relaxed and very informative. The fact that he had no input to the Rebus TV series was no surprise as the few episodes I had watched did not match up to the standard of the books.
Although I can't talk as you will see my only photo of this interview seems to have been a signal for everyone to jump up and obscure the participants!
To be continued.......