A Sunday afternoon at the seaside conjures up images of slow walks on soft sand, the tide lapping at your feet and maybe an ice cream or two. Not at the Margate Bookie. Instead, we’ve packed the afternoon of Sunday 20 August with cold-hearted killers, corpses and crime-fighting cops.

Here in the UK we’re obsessed with devilish deeds. Sales of crime thrillers are set to hit £200 million a year, and the top ten top ten crime writers have sold a staggering 450 million books between them.

If you’re a thriller-seeker, then join us at Turner Contemporary for Murderous Women and Crime Writers and Coppers.

Our Murderous Women – Anna Mazzola, Melanie McGrath, and Sophia Tobin – take to the stage at 2pm.

Anna Mazzola writes historical crime fiction. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, based on a real murder in London in 1837, was published to critical acclaim in 2016.

Melanie McGrath is an author and journalist who has won awards for both her fiction and non-fiction writing. As MJ McGrath she writes the acclaimed Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries.

Sophia Tobin will read from her gripping third novel, The Vanishing. Sophia was raised in Broadstairs and this is the second time she has read at the Margate Bookie.

SD Sykes,  author of the Oswald de Lacy/Somershill Manor crime series makes her Bookie debut. Her new novel, City of Masks, is out now.

At 4pm it’s the turn of Simon Booker and Lisa Cutts, an author and serving police detective. The pair will take you behind the scenes of a real-life murder investigation AND give you the inside track on writing crime drama for TV.

Simon Booker returns to the Bookie for a second year. He’s the author of the Kent-based Morgan Vine thrillers and screenwriter for BBC and ITV (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries etc).

Lisa Cutts is a police officer with the Serious Crime Directorate. She has won awards for her Nina Foster crime novels.

Tickets for Murderous Women and Crime Writers and Coppers are £5 each and are available to buy here.