What’s now the annual British crime-fiction convention known as CrimeFest started out as a one-off installment of Left Coast Crime back in 2006. It’s chaired jointly by Adrian Muller and Myles Allfrey, supported by a dedicated team of helpers, and hosted by the wonderful four-star Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. During this year’s gathering, from May 14 through 17, it seemed the international flavor that CrimeFest has cultivated approached a zenith, as overseas attendance was conspicuously visible, both in regards to speakers and general attendees. The popularity among Americans and others may have been boosted by the rare appearance of Sweden’s “Grandmother of Crime Fiction,” Maj Sjöwall, who engaged in an onstage exchange with Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger winner Lee Child.

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