Murderously Good Crime Fiction

Below is a selection of earlier events publicised on this website:

July 2018

As usual, I visited Harrogate in July 2018 for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. I've been going and enjoying this huge event for years, but there was added excitement for me this time around, because I was taking part in the Noir at the Bar fringe event on Thursday 19 July, doing a short reading in company with a great line up. 

May 2018
Appearing at Bardaid in Long Marston

December 2017
My short story, Tick Tock was runner up in this year's Chiltern Writers Competition

October 2017
My debut at Thame Arts and Literature Festival, 'refereeing' a fun men vs women 'Deadlier than the Male?' debate.

July 2017
Appearing at BeaconLit 2017, moderating the 'New Voices' panel (below) and doing a live interview with million-selling Adam Croft.

April 2017

eBook Launch of The Blood That Binds

The Kindle eBook version of the latest Archer and Baines novel was celebrated at an online party on Facebook. 

January 2017

Long Marston and Puttenham WI

The first of many visits to Buckinghamshire Women's Institutes this year. I received a warm welcome - to say nothing of some stupendous cake! 

Angela Clark's Watch Me Launch, London 

A lovely evening helping my friend and fellow crime writer launch her brilliant new novel.

December 2016

First Prize in Chiltern Writers Ghost Story Competition

I was thrilled that my first ever ghost story, The Sobbing Child, won first prize in this competition. The judge said, 'There were definite echoes of M R James in this genuinely ‘haunting’ tale.'

Author Event at Wendover Library

A live interview with freelance writer Sandra Smith followed by book signings

June and July 2016

First Monday Crime, London

I'm becoming a regular visitor to this monthly crime fiction event.


BeaconLit Festival, Ivinghoe, Bucks

I appeared on a crime panel moderated by Adina Campbell at my local festival.

Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate

Catching up with, and hearing from, the very best in crime fiction.

April and May 2016
First Monday Crime, London

I've enjoyed dropping in on this new monthly crime fiction event. You can see my post about the inaugural evening on the blog

The panel at First Moday Crime in May

16 April 2016
Book Signing Event, Aylesbury Library, Bucks
Idid a short interview with writer and journalist Sandra Smith and signing copies of Evil Unseen.

20 April 2016
Book Signing Event, Ivinghoe Library, Bucks
A second short interview with writer and journalist Sandra Smith and signing copies of Evil Unseen.

26 April 2016
Oxford Crime Writers Asssociation, Oxford
I joined Transworld publicist Alison Barrow to talk to Oxford crime writers about book promotion from the traditional and indie publishing perspectives.

2 February 2016
The Promise by Alison Bruce Launch Party

A rare visit to Cambridge to support my friend Alison on the launch of her latest DC Gary Goodhew book. The 'murderous cupcakes' were inspired!


28 January 2016
Evil Unseen Launch

Thursday 28 January saw the publication of the third Archer and Baines novel, Evil Unseen, in paperback and ebook. To celebrate the book's launch, I hosted an online party on Facebook and going on a week-long blog tour. You can read all the posts by following the links below:









14 January 2016
Ivinghoe and Pitstone Women's Institute, Ivinghoe Town Hall, Bucks

I enjoyed talking to the ladies of  my local WI on 'Chiltern Thrills: Making Crime Pay'.


8 October 2015

The Crime Writers' Association: Oxford Launch 

I visited the launch of the Crime Writers' Association's newest chapter, meeting up with local crime writing comrades and hearing from brilliant guest speaker Sharon Bolton.



14-17 MAY 2015
Crimefest, Bristol

Mingling with the cream of crime fiction.

6 JUNE 2015, 7.30pm
Murder Most Foul, Wreningham Village Hall, Norfolk
Part of Mulbarton Words Week
Appearing on a top-notch crime fiction panel with Alison Bruce, Penny Hancock and Kate Rhodes.

27 JUNE 2015, 10am to 4.30pm
BeaconLit, Ivinghoe, Bucks

Appearing and moderating two panels at this star-studded festival of books and writing.

16-19 July 2015
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate

More mingling with the best in crime fiction.


MAY 2015
The Archer and Baines novels, The Scars Beneath the Soul and Dead in Deep Water, are now available from Amazon in paperback for the first time. Signed copies can also be obtained direct from me - check the Archer & Baines page under 'Books'.

APRIL 2015
Fabulous new cover images produced for the first two Archer and Baines novels by my amazing designer, Jessica Carmen Bell (
http://www.jessicabellauthor.com/). Check them out at 'Books/Archer and Baines'.


This month I've been guesting on Claire Dunn's blog, writing the first of her new 'Before we were Writers' series at


This month saw the new Archer and Baines, Dead in Deep Water, soar to number 2 in the Kindle Serial Killers chart and receive some nice reviews. The first Archer and Baines, The Scars Beneath the Soul, also enjoyed a resurgance in sales, reaching number 4 in the same chart.

August also found me being interviewed on Jane Isaac's blog at 


JULY 2014

July 2014 saw the launch of my new Archer and Baines novel, Dead in Deep Water.  You can find out more by clicking 'Books and Short Stories' and then 'Contemporary Crime'.

This month I also completed my 'festival season' by renewing my acquaintance with the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate after a couple of years' absence.  As well as rubbing shoulders with the cream of crime, I spent timewith some old friends and made many new ones.  Highlights included J K Rowling's first appearance as crime writer Robert Galbraith. 

JUNE 2014
Last year I was privileged to chair the inaugural half-day BeaconLit festival in Buckinghamshire, and the Festival Committee has built on its success with a full day event this year. I was delighted to take part again, giving a talk on self-publishing ebooks and moderating two panels as part of an exciting and well-received programme
.  See my Blog page for the full story.  http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/

MAY 2014
I started my writing festival circuit at CrimeFest in Bristol.  I've since written a blog post about the weekend that you can check out on my Blog page.

The Scars Beneath the Soul received an honourable mention in John Yeoman's blog at 



APRIL 2014

I was at Waterstones in Market Harborough on Friday 4 April to help my good friend, Jane Isaac(
http://janeisaac.co.uk/),to celebrate the publication of her new novel, The Truth Will Out.  It was a great evening and a chance to catch up with some other friends.  The cake (below) was good, too!


MARCH 2014

Thursday 20 March saw the launch party for Shattered, the final volume of the Slated trilogy, by my friend Teri Terry.  Teri's series has deservedly won heaps of awards and, although dubbed as 'Young Adult' fiction, is ideal for anyone who loves a great read.

On Thursday March 13 I was back at Wendover introducing guest speaker Pauline Rowson (below - 
http://www.rowmark.co.uk/), author of the DI Andy Horton series, who gave an inspiring talk to Chiltern Writers on the way she goes about planning and writing a novel.


I was proud to see my tribute to local hero the late Emlyn Jones, a key member of Sir Edmund Hillary's triumphant 1953 Everest expedition team, and an extraordinary man, appear in the local media.  You can read it on the Leighton Buzzard Observer website at 



Thursday 13 February found me leading a workshop on creating realistic and believable characters for Chiltern Writers' in Wendover Library.


I again guested on the excellent Morgen Bailey's blog about the evolution of the writing industry - 'Time to Kiss and Make Up?' at


This month I was interviewed by Rebecca Bradley in her 'What's Your First Draft Like? series at 


August and September 2013 have seen me not only launching my own blog page on this website, but also busy guesting on other blogs.

You can find read how Archer and Baines and The Scars Beneath the Soul were conceived in my Author Spotlight on Morgen Bailey's excellent blog at 
http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/author-spotlight-no-323-dave-sivers/ and gain some insight into 'My Writing Life' on Susie Kearley's blog at http://susiekearley.blogspot.co.uk/


Hitting the Bestsellers Charts
In July I was thrilled to see more Five Star reviews for my debut contemporary crime novel, The Scars Beneath the Soul , plus apearances in the Amazon Crime & Thriller/Police Procedural top 100 bestseller charts for books and Kindle eBooks.

August has been even better, with The Scars Beneath the Soul hitting the Police Procedurals top 60 and the collection Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories reaching number 11 in Kindle Crime & Thriller Anthologies.

JUNE 2013

BeaconLit at Ivinghoe.



Moderating BeaconLit 'Pain and Passion' Panel 
with (L-R) Sue Moorcroft, Carole Matthews and Kate Lace


A mini literary festival right here in my part of the Chilterns - and I had the honour of chairing the event and moderating the two panels: crime fiction, with S J Bolton, Alison Bruce and Elena Forbes; and romantic fiction with Kate Lace, Carole Matthews and Sue Moorcroft - all in all, a stellar cast!  More BeaconLit events are in the planning.  Check out the website at http://www.beaconlit.co.uk/.

I was also delighted to be invited onto Linda Parkinson-Hardman's blog to be her 'Thursday Throng' interviewee.  She also reviews The Scars Beneath the Soul there.  You can read her tough questions and my responses at
 http://womanontheedgeofreality.com/2013/05/30/win-a-free-copy-of-the-scars-beneath-the-soul-by-dave-sivers/.  There's even a competition to win a free copy of the book.

MAY 2013

Crimefest at Bristol
Once again I attended this feast of crimewriting talent, hearing what's what on the scene, catching up with old friends and making some new ones.  The website is at  http://www.crimefest.com/.
         Debut Crime Novel
1 May was p
ublication day for my debut contemporary crime novel, The Scars Beneath the Soul.  It's a book close to my heart and set in my own part of the world.  I held well-attended launch events on Facebook and here on the website, and the book has enjoyed a great start with strong sales and some great reviews.  You can read more about the book and find a link to the trailer by going to 'Books and Short Stories' and then 'Contemporary Crime'.


Songwriting Debut
December 2012 saw me directing the 'world premiere' of 'Mary! A Nativity Musical' in the barn at Pitstone Green Museum.  The show is a real labour of love - I also wrote the script and lyrics, and co-wrote the music with the brilliant Judith Sheridan who was Musical Director for the production.  Audience reaction to the two performances was all we could have hoped for, and I was immensely proud of everyone involved - my talented Beacon Theatre Company cast (below), the choir and the band.  Judith and I have further plans for Mary! so watch this space.


Early October found me in Beaconsfield, meeting up with the talented Tessa Harris, the judge in my recent short story competition success, and receiving copies of her Dr Thomas Silkstone mysteries, The Anatomist's Apprentice and The Dead Shall Not Rest.  The latter hasn't yet officially come out, so I'm looking forward to my sneak preview.

October also saw my crime fantasy character, Lowmar Dashiel, being interviewed by 'Nighthawk' at 
http://nighthawktalk.blogspot.ca/.  See what the personal inquisitor has to say about life, love and what the future might hold in store for him.


September saw the publication of my collection of ten coffee break crime stories,Dark and Deep, as an e-Book.  A number of my readers had been asking me to produce a collection, and I was delighted to oblige!  For more details, go to 'Books and Short Stories'. 

At the end of September I was at the FantasyCon convention in Brighton, immersing myself in the 'fantasy' side of my hybrid 'crime fantasy' sub-genre and meeting a number of writers and fans.


Thursday 9 saw me at Chiltern Writers' monthly meeting where I was thrilled to be announced as the winner of their short story competition for the second year running.  I was runner-up in 2010, so have been in amongst the prizes for three years in succession.

The judge was author Tessa Harris, who described my story, Another Leaving, as 'well-written and full of tension'.

August also saw the publication of my short story collection, Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories as a Kindle eBook.

This month I was guest blogging with the lovely Rebecca Bradley at 
http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/ and my author interview with Morgen Bailey is also being revisited at 

MAY 2012

Wednesday 2nd:  You can catch my interview on James T Kelly’s blog athttp://jamestkelly.com/interview-with-crime-fantasy-author-dave-sivers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=interview-with-crime-fantasy-author-dave-sivers 

Thursday 3rd:  A trip to London for the official launch of Teri Terry's brilliant and eagerly awaited YA dystopian thriller, Slated.  A thoroughly enjoyable evening, and I made some new writer friends too.

Thursday 10th:  I went to speak about my work to the good ladies of Ivinghoe & Pitstone Women’s Institute, who were serving a nice line in cheese and wine afterwards. 

Tuesday 22nd:  Catch my guest blog - 'Are eBooks fragmenting the writing 'family' -on Morgen Bailey’s popular blog athttp://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/guest-post-are-ebooks-fracturing-the-writing-family-by-dave-sivers/#comment-9266

Thursday 24th - 26th:  At Bristol for the annual Crimefest convention, where I was rubbing shoulders with, and chatting to, a veritable who’s who in the crime fiction genre, as well as catching up with many old friends, including Alison Bruce, author of the Gary Goodhew series (with me below) and making some new ones. 



11 January 2012:  I held a virtual launch party for Inquisitor Royal, the sequel to A Sorcerer Slain, which was published as an eBook on 4 January.  Guests enjoyed top quality cyber-fizz, byte-sized virtual canapes and an in-depth preview of the book with a little about where the ideas came from.  There was also an opportunity to browse the first chapter.  Most of my guests were surprisingly well behaved and had taken the precaution of booking cyber-taxis home!


Wednesday 21 December 2011: I followed in the footsteps of notable authors who have been grilled by the wonderful Morgen Bailey, including Sue Moorcroft, Adrian Magson, Graham Hurley, Stephen Booth, Mark Billingham and Carole Matthews.  You can still find the interview at


8 December 2011: I attended Chiltern Writers' Christmas Social and learned that I had won first prize in their short story competition judged by top writer Carole Matthews.  Carole described my winning story, Pink With Envy, as 'a masterclass in how to construct a short story'.  It's always good to have your work appreciated, but praise from someone at the top of the tree is especially satisfying.  Here I am receiving part of the prize, a copy of her Carole's latest international bestseller, Wrapped Up in You.  


November 2011: Thursday 10 saw me at Wendover Library speaking to Chiltern Writers about my work and eBooks, and on Wednesday 16 I was under the spotlight on Morgen Bailey's excellent writing-related blog http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/author-spotlight-no-32-%e2%80%93-dave-sivers/


September 2011: My good friend Hywela Lyn kindly invited me to guest on her blog. You can catch up on my post, on 'Genre Blending and the e-Book Revolution at http://hywelalyn.blogspot.com/2011/09/dave-sivers-21-sept.html 





November 2010 was National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and along with thousands of writers worldwide I took up the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.  It was certainly tough going, but I passed the 'winning' post with a day to spare and have made some serious inroads into my novel.  Being part of an international writing community for a month is a pretty awsome feeling, but I was glad when 1 December came around and I could actually get up later than 6.30 am.

November 2010 also saw me at Wendover, renewing my acquaintance with award-winning author of Sacrifice and Awakening, S J Bolton, who was speaking about 'Crime and the Woo-Woo factor at Chiltern Writers' meeting in Wendover.  Sharon is a class act, and her novels are all must-reads


October 2010 was marked by me claiming the runner-up prize in a short story competition with the theme 'A Glass of Wine' and judged by stellar advisor to authors Hilary Johnson.  Hilary said of my story, Only a Glass of Wine, "This is a story that moves the emotions at a profound level".


July 2010 found me at Theakston's Old
Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.  A must for all crime fiction fans, the galaxy of stars from the genre in attendance included Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride, Karen Rose, Karin Slaughter, Peter James, Jeffrey Deaver, Jeff Lindsay, and literally dozens more.  I enjoyed catching up with old friends  like Zoe Sharp, Stella Duffy, N J Cooper and Alison Bruce and making some new acquaintances, including Martyn Waites, who is now also enjoying success as Tanya Carver.  You can visit the Festival website at http://www.harrogate-festival.org.uk/crime.


May 2010 saw me in Bristol for Crimefest (http://www.crimefest.com), spending a couple of days in the company of NJ Cooper, Colin Dexter, Peter Gutteridge, Alison Bruce, Zoe Sharp, Caro Ramsay, and many more.  I also enjoyed being part of the 'Mystery Women' Quiz Team (www.mysterywomen.co.uk) 


February 2010 found me indulging my other passion - the amateur stage - as Chris and I joined the chorus of Aylesbury Opera Group's production of Donizetti's 'The Elixir of Love'.  We enjoyed doing this rustic comedy, and I kidded myself I looked dashing as a red-coated soldier (far left below).  I also found time to handle the publicity for the production, and we were delighted by the local press coverage.


On Thursday 9 July 2009, I chaired Chiltern Writers' meeting at Wendover Library featuring thriller queen Zoe Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox series of thrillers.  As well as talking about her work, Zoe (pictured with me below) provided a masterclass on plotting. 

2009 has seen the publication of my series of articles on True Crime In
 for The Four Shires magazine.  With its genteel collection of old market towns and rural villages, Bucks is the last place you might associate with dark deeds, but just beneath the surface lie some pretty gruesome crimes - right up my street, so to speak!  You can visit the magazine's website at


January 2009 saw me at Wendover Library, where the excellent Elena Forbes (pictured with me below) was reading from her latest novel, Our Lady of Pain, and answering questions from the audience.   Elena gave us an entertaining evening.  If you haven't yet discovered her books, featuring DI Mark Tartaglia, check them out! 


I was honoured in March 2008 to be invited, as a local writer and school governor, to judge a book-writing challenge at my local primary school, Brookmead. The class, Year 6, had been divided into six groups of five and challenged by teacher Jessica Avery to produce a five-chapter book outline, written in the style of Roald Dahl and illustrated in the style of Quentin Blake. It proved an extremely difficult decision, with little to choose between the contenders, but I visited the class on 18 March to announce the winners and present certificates to the runners up. In the end, the honours went to All in One by Charlotte Fuff, James Nairn, Betsy Ashburner, Phoebe Tebbut and Charlie Deeley. 
 The Dahl Challenge Winners

The runner up was Ratz in Rome by Jake Rogers, Morgan Churchouse-Cook, Rosie Mills, William Hollands and Deanna Kalis. 
The runners-up

I was impressed with the overall standard of the storytelling and artwork. There is a lot of talent in Year 6 at Brookmead and I look forward to seeing some of their names on the bookshelves at some time in the future.
12 September 2007 saw me at Waterstone’s in Milton Keynes for the launch of Carole Matthews’ latest two novels, The Chocolate Lovers’ Club and The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet. That’s me and Carole above. In keeping with the chocolate theme, the centrepiece of the party was a large chocolate fountain - I was assured that it was calorie-free! If you like to read romantic comedy, no one does it better than Carole.






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