This week I’m delighted to be talking to actual crime royalty – the most excellent Elly Griffiths! Elly wrote four novels under her own name (Domenica de Rosa) before turning to crime with The Crossing Places, the first novel featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. The Crossing Places won the Mary Higgins Clark award and three novels in the series have been shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. The Night Hawks (Ruth #13, published in February 2021) was number two in the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers list. Elly also writes the Brighton Mysteries, set in the theatrical world of the 1950s. In 2016 Elly was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work. Her first standalone mystery, The Stranger Diaries, won the 2020 Edgar award for Best Crime Novel. The second, The Postscript Murders, has recently been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. Elly also writes A Girl Called Justice, a mystery series for children.
Welcome, Elly! Please tell us everything…
Sum yourself up in one word
Who was your first crush?
Christopher Lee in the Dracula films. I genuinely didn’t realise that he was meant to be scary.
Have you ever been punched in the face?
I’ve never even been near to being in a fight but a horse did give me a black eye once.
Do you worry about swallowing spiders in your sleep?
I love spiders. I think they’re beautiful, interesting and useful. I can’t say I’d like to swallow one but they come low on my list of fears (and it’s quite a long list).
Which actor do you fancy most?
I have a crush on John Krasinski in The Office.
What’s your favourite joke?
My Dad used to tell a long Italian joke. The punchline was ‘no, but my brother does’. I think it probably sounds better in the original Neapolitan.
Would you rather have no forks or no plates?
The Florentines invented the fork so, in honour of my Tuscan grandmother, I would say that I couldn’t do without this essential utensil.
When is the last time you were arrested?
I have led a disappointingly law-abiding life. Though I did do several CND ‘die-ins’ in the 80s.
What’s your most unrealistic ambition?
To play Lady Macbeth.
What are you having for lunch tomorrow?
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