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My First Read-A-Thon

I’ve known about Read-A-Thons for a while; since I started watching ‘booktubers’ on YouTube a year or so a go. The general idea is to read as many pages as you can in a set amount of time, often a week, as far as my experience goes. 565 more words


Baby, Look at You Now*

Yesterday I posted some pictures of famous crime writers when they were young, and invited you to guess who they are. As promised, here are the answers  :-) 228 more words

Agatha Christie

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. 358 more words

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