They say that reality is better than fantasy, but when it comes to crime, I think we'd all agree that we'd rather curl up with a good thriller than be a party to the real thing. Crime fiction has has us biting our nails and scratching our heads for generations. Some of us like to be chilled to the bone with a Stephen King novel, while others prefer to work out the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.
Until the 12th May, The British Library will be taking an inside look at the development of crime and detective fiction. The genre's origins begins in the the early 19th century, and the exhibition, Murder in The Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction, will take you on a journey beginning with the adventures of the most famous detective living on Baker Street, to to contemporary Nordic Noir. You shall also be witness to a murder in the library in the first appearance of Miss Marple, followed by the fiendish plots of Dr Fu Manchu.
For International Women's Day, an esteemed panel of writers shall be giving a talk on the 8th March. They will discuss Britain's first-ever lady detective, Miss Gladden, who appeared in The Female Detective published in 1864. They will also take a look at some of the most famous female detectives such as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe. The ninety minute debate starts at 6.30pm and can be booked for £7.50.
Between the 2nd - 4th April, you can also participate in a free family Easter workshop. Taking place at 11am & 3pm everyday, you will investigate your own crime to find out 'who dun it'.