Val McDermid to lead an evening with Tess Gerritsen in Aberdeen

(L-R) Tess Gerritsen and Val McDermid

Val McDermid hosts Tess Gerritsen at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on January 26, 2024, discussing Gerritsen’s career, latest novel “Listen To Me,” in a Granite Noir precursor.

THE acclaimed Scottish crime writer engages the New York Times best-selling author in a discussion covering Gerritsen’s fascinating journey from physician to novelist and her latest blockbuster, “Listen To Me.” This event serves as a special prologue to Granite Noir, the citywide crime writing festival scheduled from February 20-25. McDermid, often hailed as the ‘Queen of Scottish Crime,’ is set to unravel insights into Gerritsen’s career, touching upon the creation of iconic characters like Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, whose adventures inspired the hit TV series “Rizzoli and Isles.”

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Aberdeen Performing Arts Director of Programming and Creative Projects, Ben Torrie, expresses anticipation for this unique encounter: “This is sure to be a fascinating discussion between the illustrious Val McDermid, a much-loved and respected figure of Scottish crime fiction, and Tess Gerritsen, whose career as a physicist has informed her move into the world of crime writing. It’s the perfect way to get in the mood for Granite Noir in February.”

Val McDermid, a literary force with over 17 million books sold globally, is celebrated for her diverse contributions to crime fiction. From the Wire in the Blood series to standalone novels, McDermid’s work spans multiple genres, showcasing her storytelling prowess. The Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, even made its mark on television.

Internationally acclaimed Tess Gerritsen embarked on a distinctive journey to her writing career, graduating from Stanford University before pursuing medical studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Her debut medical thriller, “Harvest,” released in 1996, catapulted her onto the New York Times bestseller list, a place her subsequent novels have consistently occupied. Among her bestsellers are “Gravity,” “The Surgeon,” “Vanish,” “The Bone Garden,” and “The Spy Coast,” collectively translated into 40 languages with over 40 million copies sold worldwide.

Gerritsen’s latest novel, “Listen To Me,” promises an exhilarating adventure with protagonist Maggie Bird, enriched by a backdrop of intrigue and espionage. The evening will include a discussion, a question and answer session, and a book signing, with Waterstones providing an on-site opportunity to purchase books. 

Tickets for this anticipated event are currently on sale through, phone (01224) 641122, or in person at the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall. 

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