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Botham’s pens a new chapter with authors

Chris Nickson.
Chris Nickson.

For one special afternoon tomorrow (Sat), three of the north’s top crime writers whose books have a Whitby connection will be coming together in the town.

The event will be a first for Botham’s of Whitby Tea Rooms on Skinner Street as it hosts Frances Brody, Mari Hannah, and Chris Nickson for a thrilling afternoon of contemporary and historical crime.

Mari Hannah.

Mari Hannah.

Frances Brody is the award-winning author of nine murder mysteries set in 1920s Yorkshire, Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned detective.

Frances has written scripts for radio and television and plays for theatre as well as three sagas set in the early years of the last century.

In Death at the Seaside, Kate Shackleton visits Whitby for a well-deserved holiday – but makes a shocking discovery at the jeweller’s.

Scriptwriter and award-winning author Mari Hannah lives in Northumberland where her books are set.

Frances Brody.

Frances Brody.

She is reader-in- residence for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

In Killing for Keeps, Towner, a terrified informant, flees to the coastal town of Whitby in fear for his life.

DCI Kate Daniels – the SIO in a multiple murder case – throws out the rulebook, crossing force boundaries without authority in order to follow him there.

Chris Nickson’s Tom Harper books, set in 1890s Leeds, has been widely praised, and on Copper Street was named one of the Books of 2017 by Booklist and Historical Crime Novel of the Year by Fully Booked.

The Tin God sees Inspector Billy Reed and his wife fulfilling a dream by moving to Whitby, but he encounters someone from his past, and works with Tom Harper to unravel what’s going on.

Founded in 1865 by Elizabeth Botham, Botham’s of Whitby is a confirmed favourite with writers but until now, it has never hosted an afternoon with authors. The event is on from 3pm to 4.30pm.