This post is still on the theme of ‘infectious’ and following on from Mary-Ann’s comments of a couple of days ago. Michelle and I are no longer on our own, as we were, at our first writers festival in 2012. It is now a double family affair enlarged with good friends. And the new friends we have made there. We love it all.

We liked the old shop and we love the new Imagined Things Bookshop at 21 Montpellier Parade Harrogate HG 1 2TG even more. That blue is eye catching. We met Georgia again and her friendly smiley helpful staff. Does life get any better other than being in such a bookshop?

Michelle posted:

‘This time last week Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writers Festival had finished and I was trying to squeeze in all the books I had brought with me and all the new books into several suitcases. What a fabulous weekend made so much the better with family and friends which might as well be family. We met some fantastic authors, made friends whilst queuing to get books signed and enjoyed every second of it. Can’t wait for next year!! #hipwellgirlsontour’

Our new signed books. We collected them all simply to show off.
Michael Connolly, Michelle, John Connelly
Sammi, Tess Gerritsen & Joss

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John Edwards

Farm labourer’s son and rural boy from Herefordshire where he was surrounded by beauty and love. Took himself off to London where he worked for 33 years, but the countryside never left him. Rurality came to him again in Cornwall and now in Alicante, Spain. There to appreciate the wildlife. Abhors waste, the indiscriminate use of plastic and its wanton disposal into our oceans. A follower of Raptor Persecution and a desire to eliminate the callous killing of everything to support pheasant and grouse shooting. They kill so much that is a joy for me to see. On a lighter note an avid follower of his home town football team, Hereford FC and Gloucester Rugby.


  1. I know – so much to read. I have read C.L. Taylor and reviewed it. I will continue with new reads but I have gone back to books I had started before the Harrogate long-list came out. Black& British by David Osolugo and Anni Domingo’s story is an very interesting take on the same subject. And I know researched too. We have met her. So its not all about todays authors of crime


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