As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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Published by Quercus, 31
October 2019. ISBN 978-1-52940-220-9
Kitt Hartley is a librarian at the Vale of York
University who has a temper that she must keep under control. She can
cope with the eccentrics who visit the library but is easily riled by the
questions asked by some library patrons. However, she forgets these
pinpricks when her best friend, Evie Bowes is accused of murdering her
ex-boyfriend. The investigating officer, DI Halloran, seems disinclined
to believe Evie’s alibi which was that she spent the night at Katt’s place.
has an investigative streak so she sets off to exonerate Evie. Her
conversation and inner musings are frequently enlivened by her memories
of mystery novels that she has read. Her library assistant, Grace,
assists in Katt’s efforts too - mainly by investigating online. Katt
manages to reach several relevant witnesses before the police which does not
really endear her to the investigating officers.
events complicate the story as other individuals are involved but Katt pursues
the exonerating of Evie with steely determination allowing her own private life
to be put on hold. The finale is thrilling and well developed.
Jennifer S. Palmer
is Helen’s first cosy crime fiction book, but she has written non-fiction and
romance. A second adventure for Kitt has already appeared.
is a Yorkshire-born novelist and poet. After completing her MA in creative
writing at the University of York St. John Helen wrote for a range of magazines
and websites as well as for TV and radio news. Helen has edited her own
independent film magazine and penned three non-fiction books. Her first two
novels were published by HarperCollins in 2016. She currently hosts The
Poetrygram podcast and works for City Lit, London. Helen’s new series of cosy
mysteries stars librarian-turned-sleuth Kitt Hartley and is set in York.helencoxbooks.com Jennifer
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.