Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! Happy St David’s Day!
Crime Cymru has a lot to celebrate this month. Check our events page for more details.
First of all, B E Jones is featured in a New Welsh Writers series in the Cardiff Review. Read her interview here.
And a new novel by Leslie Scase is out today: a fast moving whodunnit set in the 1890’s with the essential ingredients for Victorian crime fiction – grisly murder, gambling, music halls and brothels. All set against an authentic historical background.
Fortuna’s Deadly Shadow – Pontypridd, 1893. A train crashes, and in the chaos of the disaster a killer covers the trail of a violent murder, but one of the crash victims is identified by means of a pocket watch. Two years later, Thomas Chard’s arrival in town to take up his post as inspector in the burgeoning police force coincides with the grisly discovery of a body in the River Taff.
On the 20th March, you can join Leslie discussing his novel with fellow Crime Cymru author, Matt Johnson, at Pontypridd Museum.
On March 9th, 10am Sally Spedding will be on a panel with Diana Bretherick, Donna Fletcher-Crow, Leigh Russell and Carol Westron at Portsmouth Central Library, as part of the Portsmouth Mystery Fest Day, organised by Mystery People.
Then at 6pm on March 15th, at the Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells, we have the launch of the second detective novel by Jan Newton featuring DS Kite.
Rather to be Pitied. Newly promoted DS Julie Kite has been in sleepy mid-Wales for mere months when she’s faced with her second murder case. A man’s body has been found by school kids trekking the Monk’s Trod. The trail takes her back north to her parents in Manchester and to a housing estate in Blackpool. It’s not a simple case – a young mother has disappeared, but so has her son and her next door neighbour’s wife. And the husband of the landlady of the B&B where the girl was staying. When an ex-serviceman farmhand with PTSD attempts to take his own life the case gets more complex still.
The 16th March is publication date for John Nicholl’s The Girl In Red.
On March 28th, 7:30pm, two of our authors, Katherine Stansfield and Alis Hawkins will be appearing with author Mick Finlay in a historical crime panel at the Pier Pavilion in Penarth.
And if you happen to be within easy reach of Vancouver, our Cathy Ace is acting as toastmaster at Whale of a Crime, a Left Coast mystery convention, from March 28th to March 31st.
For further details of all these events, see our events page.