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Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid (Reading Challenge #6)

Rating: 3.5/5

Val McDermid’s entry in The Austen Project was a delight to read.  Northanger Abbey is my least favorite Austen, though it’s still a book I really enjoy.   83 more words


Book Review: The Distant Echo by Val McDermid

On a cold snowy morning in St Andrews, Scotland in 1978, four drunk university boys returning home from a party, stumbled on a young barmaid fatally stabbed in the local cemetery. 359 more words

Cold Case

Northanger Abbey X 2

The Austen Project‘s second publication was Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid. As with Sense and Sensibility, I read it alongside the original, with great enjoyment. 421 more words


J K Rowling v Olivia Colman in Harrogate

I’ve been involved with Harrogate International Festivals – and particularly the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – in various ways for a number of years, beginning during my time as a reporter on the local paper. 537 more words


Harrogate Happenings 2014

In 2009, I went to Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival (aka ‘Harrogate’), for the first time. I didn’t have a blog, hence no record exists of what I got up to there (probably for the best…) 538 more words


J K Rowling talks to Val McDermid

It was a muggy Friday evening, 18th July 2014 to be precise, and several hundred people had assembled outside the stunning Royal Hall in Harrogate to see J K Rowling in conversation with Val McDermid about her Robert Galbraith crime novels. 1,228 more words

Writer's Bloc

By Mike Small

I’m being Inspired by Independence (Word Power Books) edited by Ross Colquhoun and Christopher Silver and in particular the work of Lyndsay Allardyce (great gulls!); Meg Bateman on the land as the feminine principle and learning something more and deeper about our own culture (thank you thank you) and Alan Bissett’s hilarious… 4,088 more words