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Jan 09

Vera’s back on our screen – F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S news, and in THIRSK on 30th January.

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How come? The White Rose Book Café have arranged for Ann be at The Old Courthouse, Rural Arts, Thirsk, YO7 1QS on 30th January. What a treat.

The doors open at 6.30 and the evening starts at 7 pm not 7.30 as previous stated.

Frost Magazine loves and adores Ann Cleeves’ unique detective DCI Vera Stanhope and another series has started on our TV screens this week.

As a North Country girl myself, the whole series resonates for me, but so it does for people who have never set foot north of London. Starring Brenda Blethyn at whose feet I have worshipped ever since I saw her in the magical series Outside Edge, the first episode of the 8th series was on 7th January on ITV called Blood and Bone. Totally up to scratch it was mesmerising. But then with the combination of the cast, and Ann Cleeves, how could it not be.

I have no intention of telling you the plot, because you have recorded it, if you weren’t around to actually watch it. And it’s also on catch-up, so go on, enjoy yourselves.

But don’t restrict yourselves to the screen, Ann Cleeves latest mystery is now published simultaneously in the US (by Pan MacMillan) and in the US (by Minotaur Books). Written with her usual elan, Cleeves takes Vera Stanhope on a visit to her local prison, wherein resides an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace.

Brace was a close friend of Hector, her father; then he was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper – and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera a deal: information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.

He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body is buried close to St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two…

The White Rose Book Café have arranged for Ann Cleeves to tell us more of her life and ‘whodunnits’ on 30th January at The Old Courthouse, Rural Arts, Thirsk, YO7 1QS.

The doors open at 6.30 and the evening starts at 7 pm not 7.30 as previous stated.

Ticket tickets are £10 but going fast, which is hardly surprising as this crime writer is the recipient of the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger Award, the highest honour in British crime writing.

This is not a chance to be missed.

The price includes a copy of The Seagull. (ask Ann if she will sign it, eh?)

Contact White Rose Book Café for tickets. Tel 01845 524353