Getting under the skin of crime writing

Forensics is one of the most popular genres in crime fiction, from TV's Waking the Dead and forthcoming spin-off The Body Farm, to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels.

Crime fiction expert Barry Forshaw has explored the grisly glamour of the genre for WLTB, probing the careers of the likes of Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Jeffery Deaver, and has also interviewed authors Elly Griffiths, M.R. Hall and Tess Gerritsen - all of whom will be guests at this weekend's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. 

Plus don't miss programme organiser Dreda Say Mitchell's top five literary villains.