A very enjoyable evening at Toppings Book Sellers in Bath in the company of Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre. I quite like the idea of having two esteemed authors chatting to each other, and allowing the audience ample time to ask questions. My favourite character in the Tom Thorne series is pathologist Phil Kendricks with his shaved head, earrings, and metal studs and a secret love of Guinness. I think Mark Billingham uses Kendricks as a type of safety net for his overworked detective, someone he can not only work with but talk to and who is not there to judge him. Both authors did short readings from their latest books and this can only help bring the characters to life for both the authors, and for us the adoring readers. A very informal occasion followed by autograph signings and the obligatory photo.