Murderous Inspirations – with Cambridge University Library & the CWA

FREE ONLINE EVENT! Murderous Inspirations: Crime Novels that Inspire Crime Writers will take place on 4 June from 7-8pm. An online session co-hosted by Cambridge University Library and The Crime Writers’ Association. Crime writers Fiona Veitch Smith, Abir Mukherjee and Nadine Matheson will discuss seminal crime novels Murder Must Advertise, Gorky Park and Prime Suspect. We’ll be kept in line by the king of crime critics Barry Forshaw.

I’ll be going in to bat for Murder Must Advertise (a cricket reference for those who’ve read the book!) and talking about how Dorothy L. Sayers has influenced my own writing.

FREE tickets are available now – via

Great Wall of China – Fiona’s first docu-podcast goes live on BBC Sounds

I am absolutely thrilled that my first documentary podcast for Noiser Podcasts is available from today on BBC Sounds. I researched and wrote it as well as interviewed the expert who you will hear in the show. I listened to the whole production for the first time today and am delighted at the job the production team and narrator have done. It’s about the Great Wall of China. [If you don’t have access to BBC Sounds you can listen on the Noiser website too. ]

1932 vintage dress for Miss Clara Vale

I’ve been making another vintage dress. This one is a 1932 inspired Chanel evening dress in teal Crepe Georgette. It was a challenging make, not least because the instructions on these vintage patterns are so sparse! That and they seemed to have very skinny arms back in those days (well that’s my excuse and I’m going to stick with it.) This is the dress that Miss Clara Vale will be wearing in book 4 in the series, Another Class of Murder. Meanwhile, I will give it a test run at Crime Fest in Bristol next week.

Sex, power & feminism – and mince pies – at Newcastle Noir

As Darkness Falls historical crime panel at Newcastle Noir 2023. With, from left to right, panel host Fiona Erskine (The Chemical Detective), Bridget Walsh (The Tumbling Girl), Kate Griffin (Fynshade) and Fiona Veitch Smith (The Picture House Murders). Blonde head at the front unknown!

It was an honour to be invited to the 2023 Newcastle Noir crime writing festival held at Newcastle Central Library and hosted by the tireless Jacky Collins (Dr Noir) and her team. I was on an historical crime panel called ‘As Darkness Falls’ which discussed sex, power and feminism in historical crime novels. Hosted by Fiona Erskine (The Chemical Detective), we were joined by the gothic historical crime novelists Bridget Walsh (The Tumbling Girl) and Kate Griffin (Fynshade).

And then after that we all had Greggs mince pies! (You have to when you’re in Newcastle, don’t you? Well, I have to, as my husband, Rodney Smith, works at Greggs!). Happy Christmas to you all!

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