THE scene has been set on the Black Isle for another Crime & Thrillers weekend hosted by Cromarty Arts Trust.
The April 20-22 event includes talks, book signings, Q&A sessions, writing workshops and a movie night as well as a gala night play and supper on the Friday on the theme of fairy tale villains.
Now in its sixth year, it is again designed to appeal to more than just aficionados of the crime-writing genre of novels.
Ian Rankin, who has a home in Cromarty, was instrumental in the original plan and has stuck with the festival throughout. He kicks off events on Saturday morning with the intriguingly entitled talk, "Why Crime Fiction Is Good For You".
He’s followed by Mary Paulson-Ellis and William Matchett, a former police officer with 30 years’ experience in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and latterly the Police Service of Northern Ireland. He had an insight into the intelligence processes and elements of what has come to be known as The Troubles that are generally not known to the public.
His talk is entitled "The Book Nobody Would Publish", he promises an insight into how IRA activities were disrupted, saving hundreds if not thousands of lives.
An update on the fascinating and gruesome local archaeological find of Rosemarkie Man will be offered by Mary Peteranna. Prof Dame Sue Black will talk about her new book, All That Remains. She’ll join Ian Rankin in presenting prizes of the first RSE@Inverness: Young People’s Short Story Competition, with readings from the winning stories.
Tickets to all events are currently still available. For prices and further info see www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk or call 01381 600354.