Elly Griffiths, whose books are set on the coast at Titchwell, addressed an audience of more than 75 at Briarfields’ Summer Bookfest on Sunday.
The author, whose first novel is set around the salt marshes next to the hotel has recently published her sixth book, The Outcast Dead.
The author’s central character is Dr Ruth Galloway, an archaeology lecturer at a Norfolk university, who is called upon to work on a series of police investigations set in the county.
Miss Griffiths is a recent winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award at the Mystery Writers of America Awards and the BBC has optioned the Ruth Galloway novels for adaptation to screen. It was announced during the Bookfest that Griffiths’ The House at Sea’s End had been named No 2 in The Sunday Times’ Best Crime Books list.
Explaining that she has written two books this year – including The Zig Zag Girl, which introduces new characters, one of which is based on her grandfather who was a 1950s travelling entertainer – Miss Griffiths spent part of her visit to the Norfolk coast at Walsingham, researching for her eighth Ruth Galloway novel.
“I adore Norfolk,” said Miss Griffiths. “My grandmother was in service in Norfolk and we used to enjoy family holidays here. As a child, Norfolk seemed very big, very exciting and very frightening. I remembered it as it was in my child’s eye, and that’s how I still think of it when I write.”
Briarfields’ marketing manager Jac Sandy said: “Elly Griffiths is a fantastic writer and, just like her grandfather, a wonderful entertainer.”
“We were thrilled to hear her talk about her writing career and she captivated the audience with her lively and often humourous talk. Our Bookfests go from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming Barbara Erskine back for a second visit on 12 October, and hearing Norwich author Emma Healey speak about her debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing, on 8 March 2015.”