Ann Cleeves is the creator of two of British crime's favourite characters - portrayed on screen in the TV series "
"Vera and Shetland. The Seagull is her eighth novel featuring Vera Stanhope and we are delighted to welcome Ann back to Lytham, fresh from her tour of the US, to talk about her latest book. "
"A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. "
"Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two. "
"This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as 'the Prof', were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were 'the Gang of Four', and Hector had been one of the last people to see Marshall alive. Vera must confront her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth, as the past begins to collide dangerously with the present. "
"Join us for a delicious two course lunch at Gusto, Lytham, and hear Ann tell us about her bestselling crime novels. "
"Format: Lunch with an opportunity to meet and chat with Ann followed by author talk, with audience Q&A and book signing. "
"Date: Tues 12th Sept 2017 1.00 pm (doors at 12.30pm) "
"Tickets: £30 includes 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Sunshine Sisters. "
"Venue: Gusto, 5 Dicconson Terrace, Lytham FY8 5JY
5 Dicconson Terrace Lytham Saint Annes
12/09/2017 1:00 PM
12/09/2017 3:00 PM
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Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can now be found on television in ITVs Vera and BBC Ones Shetland. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide. "
"Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook, and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of Murder Squad, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.