Bestselling crime author to give University of Leicester public lecture

Posted by er134 at Sep 09, 2016 12:00 PM |
Patricia Cornwell to deliver a free ticketed public lecture on Monday 24 October at De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 September 2016

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Bestselling American crime author Patricia Cornwell will give a free public lecture as part of the University of Leicester’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series and Literary Leicester festival 2016.

She will be visiting Leicester to give a talk about her new book Chaos. Patricia is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

The free event entitled ‘In Conversation with Patricia Cornwell’ will take place from 7pm on Monday 24 October at De Montfort Hall. Tickets for the lecture can be booked in person or by phone from 12noon on Friday 9 September 2016 via the De Montfort Hall Box Office.

The lecture will provide a thrilling insight into how Patricia writes her novels, her in-depth research and will give people the chance to hear her own fascinating story. There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask Patricia questions.

A limited number of signed copies of her new book will be available to purchase at De Montfort Hall on the evening of the event.

Patricia said: “I am thrilled to be coming to Leicester to take part in the University of Leicester’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series and Literary Leicester.

“I followed the excavation of Richard III and the University's brilliant work in archaeology, DNA, anthropology and mystery-busting science in general. I can't wait to return to the forensic mecca of Leicester for the event!”

Inaugurated in 2015, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series is the University of Leicester’s flagship programme of public events.

Free and open to the public, these talks are given by high-profile speakers who either have an existing link to, or relationship with, the University, or who are notable in fields that align with our values and aspirations.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Paul Boyle, said: “We are delighted to welcome internationally bestselling and award-winning author Patricia Cornwell to Leicester.

“Her Scarpetta novels include a great deal of detail on forensic science and it is therefore fitting that she will be delivering the next Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture at the institution that discovered DNA fingerprinting and identified the mortal remains of King Richard III.”

The event will also be held in conjunction with Literary Leicester, the University’s annual festival which brings together a diverse range of distinguished authors in celebration of the written and spoken word.

Big name writers joining the line-up this year include Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Fay Weldon, and Happy Valley writer/director Sally Wainwright.

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About Chaos

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.

Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta's conclusions, the threatening messages don't stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa's death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.

She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta's surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can't explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief's judgment and "a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.

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