Some of you may have noticed that after CrimeFest I tweeted that the next major crime fiction event will take place in June as noted above. This event is hosted by Goldsboro Books, an independent bookseller that I am more than happy to support. I mentioned them here for good reason: in a time when we have lost so many independent booksellers Goldsboro has expanded because they know their customers and meet their needs. And now, in their new premises following expansion, they are hosts to Crime in the Court.
There’s a little bit of history behind this. When they moved earlier this year I did a bit of research wondering if they were taking on the premises of one antiquarian bookseller that had sadly closed down last year. A search on the history of 23 Cecil Court highlighted this:
In March 1961 Elsie Batten, a 59 year old assistant in Louis Meier’s antique shop at 23 Cecil Court, was stabbed to death. Her murderer, Edwin Bush, was identified and caught within days following the circulation of Identikit pictures – the first case to be solved in the UK using the Identikit System, a significant advance in crime detection.
So, when you turn up on 21 June at Goldsboro Books – as I hope you will – remember that in the number 23 part of their premises a murder took place, and one that led to major developments in investigation techniques no less. And do raise your glass to Elsie, a victim whose life we should honour.
But what of today’s times and this event? Well, Goldsboro, who specialise in signed first editions, have a troupe of successful contemporary crime & thriller fiction authors awaiting you on the evening of Tuesday 21 June. At the time of writing these include:
S. J. Bolton, Mary Andrea Clarke, Ann Cleeves, Rory Clements, Lesley Cookman, Julia Crouch, Lindsey Davis, Paul Doherty, Patrick Easter, Gordon Ferris, Elena Forbes, James Forrester, Christopher Fowler, Meg Gardiner, M R Hall, Sam Hayes, David Hewson, Matt Hilton, Chris Morgan Jones, Erin Kelly, Philip Kerr, John Lawton, Adrian Magson, Colin Murray, S J Parris, Linda Reagan, Mike Ripley, William Ryan, Michael Ridpath, Imogen Robertson, C J Sansom, Simon Toyne, L C Tyler, Martin Walker, Laura Wilson.
It’s a wonderful chance to meet the authors, buy signed copies and HAVE IMMENSE FUN! Don’t miss it. You can book your ticket here. It’s only £5 and you will be refreshed, so what more could you ask for?
See you there!
And to confirm the friendliness of the establishment, here are two recent photos to prove it.
Proprietor David Headley and author Brian McGilloway at his recent book launch.
Author L C Tyler getting down but not dirty with young Toby Headley at the same event.