Mike Ripley is the author of the award-winning “Angel” series of comic thrillers, was a scriptwriter on the BBC series Lovejoy and as a critic reviewed over 950 crime novels for the Daily Telegraph and the Birmingham Post. He has been a lecturer in crime writing for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education, a Patron of the Essex Book Festival, and currently writes for the Obituaries section of The Guardian.  He has appeared at numerous literary festivals, scripting and directing live shows with, among others, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Colin Dexter and Minette Walters, and contributes the monthly Getting Away With Murder column to the website Shots Magazine ( He is the series editor for the Top Notch Thrillers and Ostara Crime imprints ( and his own historical novel The Legend of Hereward is republished by Ostara this year.

The ebullient and popular Mike Ripley made a welcome return to the Lavenham Literary Festival leading a writers’ workshop which will discussed the main “building blocks” of the crime novel and thriller in order to provide a useful framework for both the budding writer and the avid reader. All participants were encouraged to discuss their favourite crime novels and writers. There were practical tips for would-be crime writers and readers had the opportunity to discover new authors and new types of crime writing.

Praise for Mike Ripley’s “Angel” novels:

“High comedy quotient, splendid scams… but [don’t] fail to notice what a seriously good writer Ripley is.” – Literary Review

“Exuberant, laugh-aloud fun and cleverness… but there is in addition, an edge and an anger.” – Marcel Berlins, The Times

“I never read Ripley on trains, planes or buses. He makes me laugh and it annoys the other passengers.” – Minette Walters