Crime Comes To Whitby!
For one special afternoon on Saturday, April 14, three of the North's top crime writers whose books have a Whitby connection will be coming together in the town. The event will be a first for Botham's of Whitby Tea Rooms on Skinner Street as it hosts, Chris Nickson, Mari Hannah, and Frances Brody for a thrilling afternoon of contemporary and historical crime, from 3pm-4.30.
Scriptwriter and award-winning author Mari Hannah lives in Northumberland where her books are set. She is reader-in-residence for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate. Her DCI Kate Daniels crime series is in development for TV with Stephen Fry's production company, Sprout Pictures. Last year, she won the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library 2017 for her body of work, the highest accolade that can be bestowed on any crime writer, confirming her place as a major force in crime fiction. In Killing for Keeps, Towner, a terrified informant, flees to the coastal town of Whitby in fear for his life. DCI Kate Daniels - the SIO in a multiple murder case - throws out the rulebook, crossing force boundaries without authority in order to follow him there. A secret rendezvous ends disastrously for him and for her. www.marihannah.com
Frances Brody is the award-winning author of nine murder mysteries set in 1920s Yorkshire, featuring Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned detective. Frances has written scripts for radio and television and plays for theatre as well as three sagas set in the early years of the last century. In Death at the Seaside, Kate Shackleton visits Whitby for a well-deserved holiday. When she goes into a jeweller's shop to buy a present for her goddaughter, Kate makes a shocking discovery in the back room."Bearing the hallmarks of an Agatha Christie plot you know it's bound to be a compelling read. And Frances Brody's Death at the Seaside doesn't disappoint...a character-driven mystery set in the period between the wars, this is Highly Recommended." More about her at www.francesbrody.com
Chris Nickson's Tom Harper books, set in 1890s Leeds, has been widely praised, and on Copper Street was named one of the Books of 2017 by Booklist and Historical Crime Novel of the Year by Fully Booked. His series have chronicled Leeds from the 1730s to the 1950s. The Tin God sees Inspector Billy Reed and his wife fulfilling a dream by moving to Whitby, but he encounters someone from his Leeds past, and works with Tom Harper to unravel what's going on - although Harper has plenty on his plate at home.