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CSI: Quebec? Mais oui!

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Starting on 28 October and lasting for three days, Quebec City is to host its first ever crime fiction festival. It’s called QuebeCrime and in addition to appearances by a range of top drawer mystery and thriller authors, the organisers have announced a special new attraction entitled CSI: Wrong Watson! Chemistry for Justice.

The CSI segment of QuebeCrime is included in the price of a regular ticket, and as part of a 12 person group you’ll learn how to solve crimes using forensic techniques just like real world crime labs do. “This part of the programme was designed by the Laval University chemistry department,” says co-founder of QuebeCrime Jacques Filippi. “The activities are as close as you can get to the real thing and you start by examining a crime scene and then move on to the lab to solve the mystery.”

It sounds completely Grissom-tastic, but wait til you see the list of authors who will be taking part in panel discussions, talking about their work and signing editions. These include some of our favourites such as Lawrence Block, Anne Emery, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Tom Henighan and several others. If you’re in Eastern Canada at the end of next week, why not scoot along? A ticket costs $50 for all access, while attending one event is just $20. Should you attend QuebeCrime, do let us know what you think.

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