Read Regional

Where to Buy Books: Barter Books, Alnwick

Alongside my series featuring quirky and wonderful places to read, I want to share some of the best places to find books to take on your adventures. So where better to start than one of Britain’s largest secondhand bookshops, housed in a former railway station? Last year, I went on holiday to the beautiful Northumbrian coast and discovered that, to pretty much everyone I know, a visit to the medieval market town of Alnwick is synonymous with visiting Barter Books (as at least 10 people told me in hallowed tones).  Continue reading “Where to Buy Books: Barter Books, Alnwick”

Library Loot: March 23 to 29th

Following my previous post about loving your local library, it seems appropriate to join my voice to Library Loot, a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

After two weeks of reading short stories and murder mysteries, and anticipating my forthcoming four day weekend* I went to the library and brought home the following treasures.  Continue reading “Library Loot: March 23 to 29th”

Murder Mystery: Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury

This is my second review of books featured in ReadRegional 2016, a fantastic festival of home-grown literary talent across the North of England. Find your local events here.

“Bones in the Nest” is the second novel about Sean Denton, who starts out as a Police Commumity Support Officer (PCSO) in “To Catch A Rabbit” but has now been trained as a fully fledged PC. Sean is a great character: still learning his role, keeping up with banter and conflicted by having to solve a difficult murder case on the estate in Doncaster where he grew up. Continue reading “Murder Mystery: Bones in the Nest by Helen Cadbury”

Time For A Good Murder Mystery (or several)

Having recently appeared in the York Theatre Royal’s “Blood in the Ballroom” murder mystery event, I think it’s time to review some of my favourite crime and mystery books, starting with Read Regional author Helen Cadbury. Continue reading “Time For A Good Murder Mystery (or several)”

Short Stories: The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies

This month marks the start of Read Regional (March to June 2016), a chance to become acquainted with ten Northern authors, from poet Kim Moore to crime author Helen Cadbury. The ten selected books are available in libraries across the region, with author events providing a chance to ask questions and be inspired. Continue reading “Short Stories: The Redemption of Galen Pike by Carys Davies”

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