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Win a copy of Eva Dolan’s novel – Long Way Home

Long Way Home pbkI’m delighted to announce that the lovely people at Vintage, to celebrate the release of Eva Dolan’s novel ‘Long Way Home’ in paperback last week, have offered 3 copies of the book as prizes to UK readers of acrimereadersblog. This was an excellent book and a review can be found here.



If you would like to win a copy all you have to do is answer the three questions below,

1) The founder of which high street pizza chain was born in Peterborough in 1929?

2) At what hotel was Agatha Christie found after her mysterious disappearance in 1926?

3) What session will Eva Dolan be speaking in at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writers Festival 2014?

To be entered into the draw to win a copy of the book email your answers along with your name and address to candic13@yahoo.co.uk. Winners will be picked at random on the 11th July and the details will be passed onto Vintage publishing who will be sending out the prizes.

Keep your eye’s peeled for a Q and A session with Eva Dolan appearing on this blog soon too!

Long Way Home by Eva Dolan

The start of a major new crime series from a CWA Debut Dagger shortlisted author featuring a detective duo from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit. A man is burnt alive in a suburban garden shed. DI Zigic and DS Ferreira are called in from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit to investigate the murder. Their victim is quickly identified as a migrant worker and a man several people might have had good reason to see dead.

Zigic and Ferreira know all too well the problems that come with dealing with a community that has more reason than most not to trust the police, but when another migrant worker is attacked, tensions rapidly begin to rise as they search for their killer.

is an Essex-based copywriter and intermittently successful poker player.

Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she

was just a teenager,

Long Way Home is her debut novel and the start of a major new

series. The second instalment will be published in hardback in January 2015.


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The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves – a review

Of all the books I’ve bought in preparation for the TOPCWFC, this was one that I’d put right to the top of the pile. I haven’t read any other Ann Cleeves books before. However we have recently bought tickets for the murder mystery night at the festival and it is based around the setting in this book so I definitely wanted to read it before I went .

The Glass Room provided a nice bit of a respite from the usual blood and gore favourites I’ve been devouring recently as I suspect this is one of the books that Waterstones bookshop would classify as ‘cosy crime’. Vera Stanhope (of the tv fame ‘Vera’) is asked to try and find her missing neighbour. The neighbour is quickly tracked down to the Writers House. This is a country house retreat for aspiring authors and will also be the setting for our murder mystery dinner. One of the tutors of the event is murdered and Joanne the neighbour looks like the prime suspect. Another murder happens and secrets start being revealed.

I enjoyed this read very much. It put me in mind of a modern day Agatha Christie, with murders happening left right and centre but with a nice country background. I felt the story was almost a classic whodunit, relying on detective intuition to solve the crime rather than lengthy forensics and procedurals often favoured by crime writers (and readers!) The story had a number of twists and red herrings, however at no point did I guess the culprit. The clues I suspect were there though, just too subtle to be noticed (or maybe it was just me that missed them, it wouldn’t be the first time)

My only criticism is not actually about the book or the writing. It is about the character of Vera Stanhope. She is played on tv by Brenda Blethyn, and I have enjoyed the tv show. However, it meant that when I read the book, in my head I heard Vera as she is on tv. If I’m honest I’m not completely sure that it fits with the Vera of the written word. It is only a very minor point though, and one I always think is a problem if you first watch rather than read a story.

I like the way that Ann Cleeves writes, and I thought that her descriptions of both people and the area they lived in seemed very believable. Again though this was slightly coloured by having seen the tv show. The remoteness of the area is captured in the writing, and I would be interested to read some more work by the author, especially those I believe are set in the Shetland Isles.

Overall I thought this was a good book, and think the evening is going to be great fun.

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