April 2019

12th The Scent of Death published in hardback by Bantam Press

20-25th March 2019

German reading tour: times and details tbc. 

20th: Munich Crime Festival

21st: Leipzig Book Fair

22nd: Berlin, “Backfabrik”

23rd: Cologne, lit.Cologne (evening)

24th: Cologne, lit.Cologne (morning)

25th February 2019

A great evening at the European Crime Fiction Star ‘Ripper’ award ceremony in Unna, Germany with co-winner Arne Dahl. 

28th February 2019

Die ewigen Toten remains No.1 in the German bestseller list for a second week. 

25th February 2019

Award ceremony for the European Crime Fiction Star Award.


21st February 2019

The German translation of The Scent of Death, Die ewigen Toten enters the Spiegel hardback bestseller list at No.1. Thanks to everyone at Rowohlt for all their hard work.  

21st February 2019

e-book edition of The Scent of Death

13th February 2019

Broadcast of arts programme SRF Kulturplatz interview broadcast on Swiss TV.

12th February 2019

12th German edition of The Scent of Death (Die ewigen Toten) published as a Wunderlich hardback

December 2018


Simon Beckett and Scandinavian writer Arne Dahl have tied in first place for the European Crime Fiction Star Award. Also known as ‘The Ripper’, the award is made every two years by Mord am Hellweg, Europe’s largest international crime festival. This is the first time two authors have tied for the award, and Simon is the first British winner.

The award ceremony will be held on February 25th in Unna, Germany.

To buy tickets click here.

To read Simon’s blog click here.

January 2018

25th January – The new David Hunter thriller, The Restless Dead published in paperback by Bantam.

November 2017

21st October – Göttingen Crime Reading East-Frisia Crime Festival 20th – Leer 19th – Aurich

October 2017

17th – 20th October – Austrian tour: 17th, Vienna Kriminacht Festival; 18th. Linz Literursalon, 19th Salzburg Krimifest, 20th Tyrol Crime Festival, Innsbruck. 15th October – Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield. In conversation with thriller writer Mick Herron, moderated by Harriet Earle. Millennium Gallery, 4pm 12th October – Frinton-on-Sea Literary Festival. In conversation with historical thriller writer Antonia Hodgson. Frinton Tennis Club, 7pm. 5th October – Totenfang/The Restless Dead reaches no. 2 on the Germany’s Speigel Paperback Bestseller Charts.

September 2017

22nd September – Totenfang, the German translation of The Restless Dead, is published by Rowohlt Taschenbuch

June 2017

June 24th: Big Book Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 16.00 – Festival website

May 2017

May 24th. The Restless Dead published in Poland as Niespokojni Zmarli, by Czarna Owca. 

May 2017


May 23rd: A Crime Writing Quartet: Simon Beckett talks Crime writing with Luca Veste, Dave Jackson and Mark Roberts, Waterstones Liverpool, 18.30. More info/tickets 

January 2018

25th January – The new David Hunter thriller, The Restless Dead published in paperback by Bantam.

April 2017

6th – The new David Hunter thriller, The Restless Dead, published in the UK as a Bantam Hardback

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March 2017

German reading tour

February 2017

9th – Export edition of The Restless Dead polished as a Bantam trade paperback. Also available as an ebook edition

January 2017

Totenfang, the German translation of The Restless Dead, ranked No. 10 in Buchreport’s bestselling hardback of 2016, and 6th bestselling title in Germany across all genres and formats, despite only being published in October. Many thanks and congratulations to Rowohlt for making the book such a success. 

Totenfang awarded Bronze in Germany’s Der Leserpreis, 2016, a reader’s prize run by Lovelybooks.de.

November 2016

Simon’s first readings from Totenfang at the Mord am Hellweg crime festival in Unna and the Hamburg Crime Festival on November 2nd and 3rd were each attended by over 800 people. Thanks to the organisers of both festivals, moderator Günter Kiel, and actors Joe Bausch and Andreas Grötzinger for their German readings.

October 2016

26th – Totenfang No.3 in Germany’s Spiegel bestseller list.

23rd – A marathon 2 hour signing at the Frankfurt Book Fair sold out all 400 copies of Totenfang. A big thank you to the readers who queued patiently from before 9.00 in the morning.

21st – Simon and German actor Johannes Steck were presented with a Platinum Disc at the Frankfurt Book Fair after the German audiobook of The Chemistry of Death (Die Chemie des Todes) reached 200,000 sales. It’s an incredible achievement, so congratulations and many thanks to Johannes and publishers Audiobuch.

14th – The fifth David Hunter novel, The Restless Dead, is pubished in Germany as a Wunderlich hardback.

Restless Dead publication date

The Restless Dead will be published in the UK as a Bantam Press hardback on 6th April 2017.