Man who proves that crime does pay

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International best-selling local crime novelist Peter James visited Hailsham Pavilion to give a talk and meet fans of his books. Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS), which organised the event, welcomed the novelist to the cinema where he gave a talk to a packed audience.

Around £1,400 was raised from the event which will go to HOPS and The Whitehawk Inn charity, supported by Mr James. A spokesman for HOPS said, “It was a full house and Peter gave a very interesting and informative talk.

“He focused on his new Roy Grace novel Want You Dead and his new book of short stories entitled a A Twist of the Knife. Peter answered an array of questions from the audience and with his usual good humour, raising many laughs.”

Among the fans was Pauline Townsend (pictured above) who had a copy of one of his books signed by the author.

It was a slightly more sedate event than Mr James’ visit last year when he gave a talk at the Drill Hall.

There was a bomb scare in Hailsham that day which saw police officers race to the scene and close off the town centre.

The suspicious device eventually turned out to be a bit of drainpipe.