St Andrew’s Curch in Porthill kindly hosted a Book Fair to which Corona Books was invited. As well as many previously loved books local authors are welcomed to chat about their craft and to sell their own books. As usually we were treated like visiting royalty – you just can’t beat a homemade cake.
A big thank you goes to all those who worked hard to organise the event and to quote a well known phrase – ‘I’ll be back’.
There will be a new horror anthology by Corona Books in the autumn. The Fourth Corona Book of Horror Stories is out on October 1st and is full of exciting new stories by up and coming writers as well as those branching out into new territory. Check it out and be sure to be ahead of the queue.
The Bridport Dagger by Alison Lingwood I couldn’t wait to start reading the second novel to feature DI Christopher Timothy so picked it up as soon as I’d finished the first book. It is now 2 years on and DI Timothy is now married Pippa who he met in A Portal to Murder. Chris and his wife Pippa arrive in Dorset for a well-earned holiday, but find it interrupted by two deaths which occur in separate parts of the country. DI Timothy is drawn into the investigation and works alongside an unknown team to investigate the local death. However he soon finds he has to delve back over forty years, and expose a further tragedy, in order to make sense of the mysterious events that link all 3. This is another character-led page-turner fuelled by twists and turns in the investigation. It ends in a neat twist which I didn’t see coming. I like the thread involving the Timothy family interspersed with the action. It gives the characters depth and shows their human qualities amid the sordid technicalities of the crimes they seek to untangle.
If you like a human crime story this is for you. I’m definitely giving it 5.