Satish Shewhorak joins Hannah Sheppard's list. He is passionate about animation and ran the award winning animation studio, moShine, for five years. Satish has a PhD in motion capture and games animation and is a senior lecturer in these subjects at Teesside University.
He co-authors children’s adventure fiction with his wife, Gabrielle, who also writes middle grade novels under the name Gabrielle Kent.
Awarded annually at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, the Award is one of the UK's top crime-fiction awards, and sponsored by Theakston's Old Peculier. The shortlist will be announced in June, and the winner at the opening event for the Festival which, all being well, will go ahead on 22nd July.
To read more about the Festival and the Awards, click here.
In addition, this week Clare wrote a piece for Criminal Element, on her research process into the book, and how it "opened her eyes to new elements of the class and gender story". You can read the full article here.
To book your tickets, and find out more about the event, click here.
Released in paperback the Saturday before last, the Daily Mail had this to say about the book recently: "[A] vibrant mix of history, fantasy and detective fiction ... With its rollicking plot and swarming cast, Turton's novel invites readers to sit back and embrace its strange enchantments."
Una knows she is struggling to deal with her father's sudden, tragic suicide. She spends her nights drinking alone in Reykjavik, stricken with thoughts that she might one day follow in his footsteps.
So when she sees an advert seeking a teacher for two girls in the tiny village of Skálar - population of ten - on the storm-battered north coast of the island, she sees it as a chance to escape.
But once she arrives, Una quickly realises nothing in city life has prepared her for this. The villagers are unfriendly. The weather is bleak. And, from the creaky attic bedroom of the old house where she's living, she's convinced she hears the ghostly sound of singing.
Una worries that she's losing her mind.
And then, just before midwinter, a young girl from the village is found dead. Now there are only nine villagers left - and Una fears that one of them has blood on their hands...
Another book event for your diary! David Fennell, author of The Art of Death, will be speaking with Coventry Libraries tonight (Monday 10th May) at 7pm.
The event is free and to sign up, simply click here.
If you're a Kobo reader and looking for your next deal, then The Art of Death is only 99p for the whole of May. To get to the deal, simply click on the book image.
"M. W. Craven is one of the best crime writers working today. Dead Ground is a cracking puzzle, beautifully written, with characters you'll be behind every step of the way. It's his best yet."
"Dead Ground is both entertaining and engaging with great characters and storyline. I loved this first dip into the world of Tilly and Poe!"
B. A. Paris
Dead Ground will be released on 3rd June.
The Historical Association podcast hosted client Henrietta Heald last week, who looked at some of the pioneering British women engineers of the early 20th century and the role they played in fighting for economic freedom, tying in nicely with her book, Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines (Unbound, 2019).
To listen to the podcast, click here.
You can read more about the sale here. Congratulations, Rebecca!