It is fabulous to be able to welcome the bestselling author Christina James back into the bookshop to sign copies of her latest book Chasing Hares.
Christina was born in Lincolnshire and grew up in Spalding. She has had a lifelong fascination with the South Lincolnshire Fens, with their huge skies, limitless landscapes and isolated communities; Christina has always been interested in the psychology of the people who have lived there over the centuries and have put some of this interest and fascination into the fictional world of Detective Inspector Tim Yates.
Gordon Bemrose, a shady local businessman who lives in a large house on an island in the River Welland, decides he can make easy money from the property by using it for Country House murder weekends. For the first, introductory, weekend he recruits ten people from very different backgrounds: Ava and Reggie Dack and Lizzie and Jackson Fox, two self-made couples from Essex; Sonia and Richard Renwick, respectively a successful beautician and her husband, who is a failed writer; Dora Westerman, a lady of indeterminate age and obviously very slender means; Amelia Baker, an English literature student; and Margarett and Colin Franklin, a mixed-race couple of modest origins whom all the others look down upon. Reluctantly assisting with the festivities are Patti Gardner, Gordon’s niece, who has been roped in to speak about the work of a SOCO, and Anton Greenweal, his nephew, who has achieved instant fame on a TV reality show and will be the lead actor in a short play to be performed during the weekend.
The play is central to Gordon’s plans: he intends it to be based on a popular farce, but with a macabre twist as its finale. Events take an unexpected turn when a real murder takes place; and DI Yates, investigating, discovers that each of the guests had an ulterior motive for participating in the crime weekend. Everyone on the island becomes a suspect, including Patti, his former girlfriend.
Meanwhile, an epidemic of hare coursing is sweeping the county. This illegal and cruel ‘sport’ is pursued by cynical gamblers who bet high stakes on whose dog will catch the hare. On her way back to Spalding police station from a meeting in Bourne, DS Juliet Armstrong discovers a badly-wounded Saluki that has been abandoned by hare coursers and is determined to bring them to justice.
The eighth DI Yates novel is a modern take on the country house murder story; it also explores the crime of hare coursing, which is currently top of the agenda for police forces in Lincolnshire.
Christina is one of the loveliest of authors that we have the pleasure of hosting and there is nothing that she likes better than meeting and chatting with her readers, so don’t be shy, come along and say hello!
No ticket required and it is a free event too.
We are thrilled to have Alastair Goodrum visiting our upstairs bookshop in Stamford to sign his newest fascinating book: ‘Though Adversity: The Story of Life in the RFC and RAF Through Three Operational Pilots’. It proves to be a really interesting morning so be sure to come along to ask Alastair your questions!
There are no tickets required so please feel free to call by and enjoy the atmosphere.
How did the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) `cavalry of the air’ transform into the strategic RAF of the Cold War? The flying lives of these three pilots combine across the years to illustrate how it happened. Trained on Bristol Boxkites in 1912, Major Leonard Dawes helped shape the RFC in its infancy. Posted to France with BE2s, he saw action at the birth of battlefield reconnaissance and air fighting, then activated many new squadrons during the First World War.
Joining the RAF in 1923, Group Captain Dickie Barwell became a fighter pilot and respected leader of men. As a Hurricane squadron commander, he routed the first major Luftwaffe air attack of the Second World War and flew with Bader’s Wing in the Battle of Britain. While commanding RAF Biggin Hill, he flew combat operations over France before his death in a friendly-fire incident in 1942.
Squadron Leader Brian Fern learned to fly at Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1942, then trained hundreds of RAF bomber pilots during the Second World War. Post-war tours on Canberra bombers and spy flights in Chipmunks were followed by selection to the elite Valiant bomber force, where he became a leading exponent of in-flight refuelling that finally gave the RAF its global reach. Combining these three stories into a narrative that explores the rise of the RAF through an era of dazzling technological breakthroughs and ever-changing operational requirements, Alastair Goodrum tells the story of a journey through adversity to the stars.
We are really looking forward to welcoming Dominic Brownlow to our upstairs bookshop in Stamford to sign his debut novel, ‘The Naseby Horses’.
There are no tickets required, so just call by, meet Dominic and enjoy the atmosphere.
Dominic’s debut novel has already been Longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel, so be sure to come along to get your copy signed!
Seventeen-year-old Simon’s sister Charlotte is missing. The lonely Fenland village the family recently moved to from London is odd, silent, and mysterious. Simon is epileptic and his seizures are increasing in severity, but when he is told of the local curse of the Naseby Horses, he is convinced it has something to do with Charlotte’s disappearance. Despite resistance from the villagers, the police, and his own family, Simon is determined to uncover the truth, and save his sister.
Under the oppressive Fenland skies and in the heat of a relentless June, Simon’s bond with Charlotte is fierce, all-consuming, and unbreakable; but can he find her? And does she even want to be found?
Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.