The Pantomime Murders has featured in the Newcastle Chronicle as a book filled with festive fun! They focus on the various locations of the Theatre Royal and Fenwick’s. A lovely article.
It was an honour to be invited to the 2023 Newcastle Noir crime writing festival held at Newcastle Central Library and hosted by the tireless Jacky Collins (Dr Noir) and her team. I was on an historical crime panel called ‘As Darkness Falls’ which discussed sex, power and feminism in historical crime novels. Hosted by Fiona Erskine (The Chemical Detective), we were joined by the gothic historical crime novelists Bridget Walsh (The Tumbling Girl) and Kate Griffin (Fynshade).
And then after that we all had Greggs mince pies! (You have to when you’re in Newcastle, don’t you? Well, I have to, as my husband, Rodney Smith, works at Greggs!). Happy Christmas to you all!
I’m delighted to see that The Picture House Murders has reached the #1 Best Seller spot in historical mysteries on Amazon UK. How heartening that so many people are loving this book. Thank you to all my readers – old and new – who have made this happen. I’m tickled pink and Clara is quietly chuffed.
As many of you know, when I’m not writing I make 1920s vintage outfits! Visit the Clara Vale Mysteries website to see how I made my latest dress for a video about The Picture House Murders + view the video of me at the Spanish City in Whitley Bay.
Are you a fan of 1920s murder mysteries or historical cosy crime? Have you read or are about to read the Miss Clara Vale Mysteries? Join me as I take you to various locations for the ‘Picture House Murders’, published by Embla Books – while wearing vintage style clothing I made from original 1920s patterns. In this first video I visit Exhibition Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, the location of the Great North East Coast Exhibition in 1929, and one of the key scenes in ‘The Picture House Murders’. You can also read about how I made the outfit! Click link below: