Join bestselling Queen of Crime Val McDermid and debut Australian crime writer Chris Hammer as they discuss their work and latest novels, Broken Ground and Scrublands.Dubbed the Queen of psychological thrillers, Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date and is translated into over 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green. She has written three other series: private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie. She has also published several award-winning standalone novels, two books of non-fiction and a children’s picture book, My Granny is a Pirate. A major launch in Australia in July 2018, Scrublands was the number one bestselling novel there for many weeks and has been longlisted in the UK for The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award by The Crime Writers Association. Val McDermid has picked it as one of her debut books of the year and Chris will be appearing on her prestigious NEW BLOOD panel at the 2019 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.