Anthony Horowitz’s teen spy series, Alex Rider, is estimated to have sold 19 million copies and was adapted for the screen.
He created Midsomer Murders, writing the first seven episodes, was writer and creator of award-winning drama series Foyle’s War, and is about to release his third book for the Ian Fleming estate.
But his latest work, A Line to Kill, is set in Alderney and he has written a part in it for himself.
It came after two Alderney teenage boys wrote to him asking him to appear at Alderney’s literary festival some three or four years ago.
‘They offered me blue telephone boxes and no chips on Friday, so how could I refuse?’ he said.
‘The day I arrived there somebody told me that there’d never been a murder on Alderney. My immediate thought was that I’m going to change that.’
Mr Horowitz’s talk was at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts.