TWO devilishly good historical crime authors entertained guests at their joint book launch with food and excerpts from their gruesome books.
Diana Bretherick treated the lively crowd at Blackwells, Portsmouth, to a reading from her latest novel, City of Devils.
Diana, who is a lecturer in criminology and criminal law at Portsmouth University, won the Good Housekeeping magazine New Novel Competition, using her legal and criminal understanding to weave a fiendish plot set in late nineteenth century Turin.
‘I’m thrilled,’ said Diana. ‘It’s exciting to see the book there in the bookshop.’
William Sutton gave the audience a ukulele singalong and introduced characters from his novel, Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square.
Will said the two books are linked not just by their titles but the exploration of the origins of crime fiction and criminology.
‘It was wonderful to see so many readers,’ said William.
‘Local bookshops and libraries offer fantastic opportunities for writers to connect with their readers.
‘There’s so much going on for those who love books and writing.’
Both books are available in Blackwells and other bookshops.