Category : Events

Introducing Death at the Seaside, and a Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads  giveaway, open to entries until 23 September (UK and Ireland) Last November, I was in Whitby doing a little extra research for Death at the Seaside, the eighth Kate Shackleton novel, to be published as a paperback original on 6 October 2016. Whitby is a former whaling port, once…

Criminally Happy Harrogate

Once again the weather was glorious for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival held the fourth weekend of July at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. For those of you who might not know, Old Peculier is a beer brewed in nearby Masham. A few months ago I visited the…

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate 2015

The sun shone on Harrogate as aficionados of crime fiction gathered at the Old Swan Hotel to meet friends old and new, chat about books and celebrate the genre across a weekend devoted to crime writing and reading but with time for a stroll in the Valley Gardens. Every year…

Death of an Avid Reader – Book Launch at the Leeds Library

The launch of Death of an Avid Reader will be on Saturday, 4 October at 11 a.m. in the historic Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL. The oldest surviving subscription library in the country, it was established in 1768 and has made its home on Commercial Street since…

Dinan Medieval Festival

Last weekend I had the pleasure of staying in Dinan, a medieval walled town in Brittany, France, during the biennial medieval festival. Having hired a costume from the West Yorkshire Playhouse wardrobe department (what a fabulous selection) I was able to enter into the spirit of the celebrations. The small…

Malice Domestic – Maryland

The Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland provides a watering hole for readers, writers and fans and of the traditional mystery to gather, celebrate this broad genre and generally have a good time. It’s always a pleasure to meet readers and since mystery fans like to travel, there were friends…

An Awfully Big Adventure

This was my first time at the Malice Domestic Fun Fan Crime Convention, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland. I took  the same flight as Ann Cleeves of Vera and Shetland fame. Here she is, third from left behind the table, helping to empty cartons of books to …