Top crime writer will launch book here in Bowness

The latest novel by an award-winning crime writer is to be launched here at our book club at the Burn How Hotel.

We will stage the launch party for The Concert Hall Killer, by Jonathan Whitelaw, in May.

The novel is the third in the Bingo Hall Detective series, which sees Penrith pensioner Amita Khatri and her son-in-law Jason deal with murder, mayhem and mischief around the Lake District and beyond.

And to be celebrating the novel in its home county is something that Whitelaw is looking forward to. He said: “The Lake District and Cumbria as a whole has always felt like home for me. While I grew up in Glasgow and now live 5,000 miles away in Alberta, Canada, I never pass up the chance to come back.

“I’ve been very lucky that the people of Cumbria and readers all over the world have taken the Bingo Hall Detectives characters to heart. Everywhere I go I’m always asked why I chose to set the books here. The simple answer is, there was nowhere else I wanted more.

“To be coming back to celebrate the new book is very special indeed. And I can’t wait!”

Jonathan, a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster.  The Bingo Hall Detectives won the fiction prize at the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards two years ago.

He’s also a regular reviewer on the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Jonathan regularly contributes to book events and festivals, with appearances on the Blood Brothers podcast and the Bloody Scotland Book Club. And for the last two years he has presented the Desert Island Crooks panel at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival.

Vicky Robinson, chair of the Lakeland Book Awards panel, whose husband Michael is proprietor of the Burn How Hotel, said: “This is an exciting time for us and we are delighted to welcome Jonathan to our book club, which has launched again after a winter break.”

Jonathan’s book launch will be at the hotel on Thursday May 16 at 10.30 am, and everyone is welcome. He will talk about his writing, and sign copies of the new book.

The first guest of the season, on March 7 at 10.30, is the fell-running expert writer Steve Chilton.

The Lakeland Book of the Year celebrates top-quality writing inspired  by the Lake District and Cumbria. Over the past four decades, this prestigious annual competition has seen authors create an incredible catalogue of books covering a range of rich and varied subjects, from  landscape and tradition to literature and poetry.

The Concert Hall Killer is published by Harper Collins.