Chasing Hares by Christina James: Book of the Week
The team at Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, present their latest choice:
The eighth novel in Christina James' crime series, set in and around Spalding, is a modern take on the country house murder story. It also explores the crime of hare coursing, which is currently top of the agenda for police forces in Lincolnshire.
Gordon Bemrose, a shady local businessman who lives in a large house on an island in the River Welland, decides he can make easy money from the property by using it for Country House murder weekends.
For the first, introductory weekend, he recruits ten people from very different backgrounds. Events take an unexpected turn when a real murder takes place; and DI Yates, investigating, discovers that each of the guests had an ulterior motive for participating in the crime weekend.
Everyone on the island becomes a suspect, including Patti, his former girlfriend.
Meanwhile, an epidemic of hare coursing is sweeping the county. This illegal and cruel 'sport' is pursued by cynical gamblers who bet high stakes on whose dog will catch the hare.
On her way back to Spalding police station from a meeting in Bourne, DS Juliet Armstrong discovers a badly-wounded Saluki that has been abandoned by hare coursers and is determined to bring them to justice.
Christina will be at Bookmark tonight (Thursday, November 14), from 7pm, to speak about her new book. Tickets are £5, available from the shop. She will also be signing copies in store from 11am-2pm for those unable to attend the evening event.
Chasing Hares by Christina James (RRP £9.99) is available from Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding. There's a 20% off voucher towards the book in this week's Spalding Guardian (out now until Wednesday, November 20).
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