Thanks to a lift to the nearest mainline station (and back) I made it to Carlisle on Sunday for author M.W. Craven’s launch party for his latest book, ‘The Puppet Show‘. And what a lovely day it was too.
Things kicked off with a gang of us meeting up for lunch at the Quarter Lounge, a nice bistro/bar in Carlisle city centre with friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere, and yummy burgers to munch. After a good catch up with lots of my writer friends, we headed to the Old Firestation, another great venue, for the event itself. Here we were treated to an hour of repartee between Mike himself and guest ‘compere’ and fellow crime writer A. A. Dhand, who asked lots of questions about the book, the characters, the prospect of a TV series, and Mike’s writing processes.
‘The Puppet Show’ is the next installment in the Washington Poe series of crime novels and involves strange, dare-I-say-ritual killings in stone circles around Cumbria, which the murderer seems to actively want Poe to investigate. Mike has also introduced a brand new character, Tilly Bradshaw, a brilliant but socially inept analyst who’s become something of a favourite with readers already.
Mike kept us entertained with his usual stream of amusing anecdotes, plus some fascinating snippets about the history of stone circles in Cumbria (there are 63, apparently, more than anywhere else in the UK). And after that we all trooped into the bar for drinks, more chat, and a slice of cake. Well, all except me for the latter, as I suddenly realised I was late for my train back and had to dash before I got the cake! Here’s a pic of what I missed, courtesy of Linda Wright.