IN the library with the . . . microphone?

Crime fiction lovers were able to interrogate an award-winning author when she paid a visit to Bolton Library and Museum this week.

Dozens of bookworms turned out to listen to author, Elly Griffiths, talking about her writing and latest novel Dark Angel in the much-loved Dr Ruth Galloway series.

Ms Griffiths — real name Domenica de Rosa — talked about her forensic archaeologist creation as well as the inspiration behind her Stephens and Mephisto books.

And the winner of the 2016 Dagger in the Library Award, was happy to discuss characters and plots with fans of her work, too.

Speaking to The Bolton News after the event, she said: “It’s been such a lovely evening.

“It was nice to have quite a lively debate about what will happen in the love triangle in my books. It’s great everyone hear has such strong views. It was great to hear everyone saying what they thought should happen next.

“I have got it mapped out to an extent, not totally, I’ve got an idea in my head, but it’s nice that people see my main character in the way I see her.”

Dark Angel is the 10th Dr Ruth Galloway book, but the author’s inspiration is far from spent.

The London-born writer, who won the Mary Higgins Clarke Award for her first book in the series, The Crossing Places, said: “I was worried it would be difficult but – touch wood – it’s not been because, I suppose, we’ve grown up together. It’s been 10 years and we’ve both grown and developed over that time.

“As soon as I start a Ruth book I feel like I know her, I haven’t lost touch, I still like spending time with her.”

The London-born writer spent about 40 minutes after the event signing books and chatting with fans.

And she later tweeted :"Great evening @BoltonLMS. Thanks so much to everyone who came and asked such interesting questions. I’ll be back!”