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GIVEAWAY: 3 copies of The Picture House Murders – Newcastle Upon Tyne

24th September 2023

We are delighted to offer 3 copies of The Picture House Murders by Fiona Veitch Smith, set in 1920s Newcastle Upon Tyne

UK ONLY

3 copies of The Picture House Murders

Murder is no occupation for a lady… or is it?

1929: Miss Clara Vale is a woman ahead of her time. Rather than attending Oxford to bag an eligible Duke (as her mother, Lady Vale, so desperately hoped), she threw herself into a degree in chemistry, with aspirations to become a scientist in her own right.

But the world isn’t ready for Clara. Unable to land a job in science because she’s a woman, she is stuck behind the desk at a dingy London library.

Until her estranged Uncle dies suddenly, leaving her his private detective agency, and laboratory, in his will.

Clara couldn’t become a detective, could she?

The decision is made for her when one of her uncle’s old clients comes to her for help with a case surrounding the local picture house and invites Clara to see the latest show, before they discuss the details.

But during the film, a fire suddenly engulfs the picture house, with tragic consequences.

It seems at first an accident, but Clara soon begins to question if it was in fact a carefully orchestrated murder.

She’s suddenly in the middle of a deadly mystery and will discover her scientific skills make her a sleuth to be reckoned with… Can she catch the killer before they strike again?

The first in a brand-new, glittering Golden Age cozy mystery series. Fans of Verity Bright, Helena Dixon and TE Kinsey will be hooked from the very first page to the final breathtaking finale.

3 copies of The Picture House Murders to be given away.

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 12/10/2023 at 3:10 pm

    Winners:
    piyumi
    Cristina McDonell
    dana manning

    Comment

  2. User: carrowkid

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 9:54 pm

    Years of Great Depression and hardship but also great entertainment, partying and dance crazes.

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  3. User: SKnightley

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 8:49 pm

    I think of bobbed hair and cloche hats, and the Charleston with beaded dresses.

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  4. User: Michelle Lewis-Robertson

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 7:29 pm

    I think of flappers, Feathers, sequins and fabulous fun

    Comment

  5. User: ceroooss

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 5:25 pm

    Amazing dancing, fashion and the Great Gatsby!

    Comment

  6. User: Lauren O

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 7:22 am

    I always think of The Great Gatsby

    Comment

  7. User: John Walker

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 1:00 am

    The 1930s sounds like a miserable period, with unemployment rising to 20% and the great depression setting in.

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  8. User: Patricia Barrett

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 12:49 am

    The start of the 2nd World War was probably the biggest thing to happen in the 30s.

    Comment

  9. User: Claire Hamilton

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 12:39 am

    I think it was the height of the jazz era.

    Comment

  10. User: Adrian Bold

    Posted on: 07/10/2023 at 12:39 am

    The Prohibition Era

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  11. User: Patricia Avery

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 9:26 pm

    I think of the hard times that followed the end of World War I. Returning soldiers, many so badly affected by both physical and mental scars. Women having to step back from their employment. The depression causing economic misery for millions. The wild times of the flappers and all those with money a stark and disturbing contrast.

    Comment

  12. User: Tamdy

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 9:07 pm

    Shorter dresses, suffragette movement, joy

    Comment

  13. User: andyszym

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 8:56 pm

    Prohibition

    Comment

  14. User: Rachel Colclough

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 7:56 pm

    Beautiful clothes, fabulous dances, amazing parties

    Comment

  15. User: Angela Macdonald

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 7:52 pm

    The long straight dresses with frills and the hair styles, men in slick suits

    Comment

  16. User: Nicola Beedall

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 7:49 pm

    The lovely dresses, and short hairstyles

    Comment

  17. User: Victoria Prince

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 7:47 pm

    I think of the dancing

    Comment

  18. User: karen dixon

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 7:00 pm

    Flapper dresses

    Comment

  19. User: Natalia

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 6:59 pm

    I think of the incredible fashion and the Prohibition period.

    Comment

  20. User: Liz Atkin

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 6:57 pm

    jazz music

    Comment

  21. User: Karen R

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 6:55 pm

    I imagine Tommy and Tuppence from Agatha Christie or a sanitised Great Gatsby world xx

    Comment

  22. User: Janine Atkin

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 5:41 pm

    flapper dresses

    Comment

  23. User: Richard Johnson

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 3:10 pm

    30s Gangsters

    Comment

  24. User: Pat Stubbs

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 1:54 pm

    art deco furniture and pottery

    Comment

  25. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 12:53 pm

    I think of the changes in fashion the ladies dresses, hats and shoes, not forgetting the long cigarette holders.

    Comment

  26. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 12:20 pm

    I always think of the fashions of that time, the womens dresses hats and shoes. Such changes in the fashions.

    Comment

  27. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 12:19 pm

    Short Flapper dresses, short bobbed hair – very daring for the time and lots to drink x

    Comment

  28. User: cillastubbs

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 11:53 am

    I think of the gulf between the classes. There was extreme wealth and overwhelming poverty

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  29. User: Debbie Winstanley

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 10:40 am

    They were very difficult decades, although on the surface there was a lot of frivolity, especially among the upper classes. But I also think of the extreme poverty in a lot of areas between the wars, the attitudes towards women and the emotional repression. There was a lot of PTSD (they called it shell shock) after WW1 but it was viewed as a weakness that “real” men didn’t suffer from, so it was never talked about.

    Comment

  30. User: Cornelia Ridler

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 9:51 am

    Frivolous parties

    Comment

  31. User: Littlekipling

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 8:28 am

    I imagine wild parties and ladies finally getting some kind of freedom to be themselves in their clothing

    Comment

  32. User: Sue Barton

    Posted on: 06/10/2023 at 7:46 am

    Long beads and the Charleston, Cigarette holders and champagne.
    And if that really was the 20’s
    Bring it back again!

    Comment

  33. User: Vicky Haining

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 9:58 pm

    The Great Gatsby

    Comment

  34. User: paul lodge

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 9:17 pm

    prohibition and moonshiners

    Comment

  35. User: James Eyles

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 6:40 pm

    Peaky Blinders

    Comment

  36. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 3:15 pm

    I always imagine the amazing fashions that the women wore in the 1920s.

    Comment

  37. User: Liz Hardy

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 2:08 pm

    Downton Abbey springs to mind.

    Comment

  38. User: Liz Hardy

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 2:08 pm

    Downton Abbey springs to mind

    Comment

  39. User: John Rossington

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 1:20 pm

    Atime of contrasts both the jazz age and the great depression.

    Comment

  40. User: Erica Hughes

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 11:35 am

    Agatha Christie

    Comment

  41. User: Carolyn Corrin

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 9:07 am

    The 20′ where all fun, but then in the 40’s was the War. But everyone pulled together so a time of unity.

    Comment

  42. User: HELEN CLAYTON

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 7:37 am

    The Great Gatsby book but also a time to attempt to forget the years of the Great War by living every day in a whirl of indulgence and glamour.

    Comment

  43. User: Pauli57

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 7:27 am

    I think of speakeasy’s, art deco, gangsters, Boardwalk Empire & great movies.

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  44. User: Piyumi

    Posted on: 05/10/2023 at 6:30 am

    Can’t help but think of flapper girls in shimmering beaded dresses, the Great Gatsby, Downton Abbey, and Miss Phryne Fisher (the flapper detective).

    Comment

  45. User: clarabella3

    Posted on: 04/10/2023 at 8:15 pm

    fun and dancing

    Comment

  46. User: Lesevans6

    Posted on: 04/10/2023 at 11:32 am

    Dancing the Charleston.

    Comment

  47. User: Maya Russell

    Posted on: 04/10/2023 at 5:24 am

    The 1920s/1930s would have been of extremes – a lot of fun yet a lot of misery for some. No NHS, no modern appliances to help with housework so a woman would be working all day. No TV!!

    Comment

  48. User: Sheri

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 5:45 pm

    1920s

    Comment

  49. User: Julie Camm

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 2:53 pm

    I imagine all the elegance of Downton Abbey and also the Art Deco look.

    Comment

  50. User: atebbs

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 1:30 pm

    Jazz, flapper dresses, long strands of beads or pearls.

    Comment

  51. User: miss emma hensby

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 12:31 pm

    I think of The Great Gatsby

    Comment

  52. User: Sancha

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 12:04 pm

    Having heard stories from my parents, I imagine life was quite hard for a lot of people

    Comment

  53. User: Amy

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 9:52 am

    the excellent style jazz and dancing !

    Comment

  54. User: Simon Emery

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 9:47 am

    The golden age of detective fiction

    Comment

  55. User: Nancy Townsend

    Posted on: 03/10/2023 at 4:40 am

    I think of flapper dresses, beads and dancing.

    Comment

  56. User: Gypsyqueen13

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 9:10 pm

    My grandparents were courting during the 1920s so I picture them going to dances and the picture houses on dates. They married in 1930 and I have seen their beautiful wedding photographs. She made her dress and cloche cap herself and looked simply beautiful

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  57. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 6:44 pm

    I think of The Great Gatsby!

    Comment

  58. User: Shellypunk

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 5:38 pm

    Art Deco and partying

    Comment

  59. User: dana manning

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 11:51 am

    A period of partying for the rich and poverty for the poor.

    Comment

  60. User: Howard Foster

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 11:44 am

    Always reminds me of the Great Gatsby set during that exciting jazz age

    Comment

  61. User: Tracey Poulter

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 10:32 am

    speakeasy

    Comment

  62. User: Turtledove

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 7:51 am

    I think of the beautiful, sleek lines of architecture, art, craft and homeware.

    Comment

  63. User: Lisa Wilkinson

    Posted on: 02/10/2023 at 5:45 am

    I think of the clubs and dancing

    Comment

  64. User: Chris Andrews

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 7:07 pm

    l imagine the struggles of the suffragettes

    Comment

  65. User: Lisa22

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 7:04 pm

    When I think of the 1920s, I think of flapper dresses, long pearl necklaces and bob hairstyles.

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  66. User: fiona waterworth

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 6:27 pm

    the hardship people had due to the great depression of the 1920s with children without shoes, no work and struggling to put food on the table, coming from a shipbuilding area we must have been really badly hit

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  67. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 5:13 pm

    The influence of America, the depression, a time for post WWI reflection.

    Comment

  68. User: Jan22

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 4:01 pm

    Women having more freedom to dress and behave differently. Although, for the less affluent, poverty.

    Comment

  69. User: Linda Acaster

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 2:39 pm

    Ladies dancing with short tasseled dresses and
    swinging long bead necklaces

    Comment

  70. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 1:41 pm

    Prohibition and secret gin joints

    Comment

  71. User: Michelle Ptak

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 12:10 pm

    The most gorgeous dresses with tassles and sequins, along with the sleek hairstyles.

    Comment

  72. User: Cristina McDowall

    Posted on: 01/10/2023 at 9:31 am

    Fringed dresses and hairbands on short hair

    Comment

  73. User: Mary N

    Posted on: 30/09/2023 at 4:21 pm

    I always picture fun loving people dancing the Charleston and enjoying life.

    Comment

  74. User: Suzanne Croft

    Posted on: 29/09/2023 at 10:44 am

    Tasselled dresses and feather headbands.

    Comment

  75. User: CompsAlex

    Posted on: 29/09/2023 at 8:13 am

    James Cagney type gangsters

    Comment

  76. User: Alex Porter

    Posted on: 29/09/2023 at 8:11 am

    James Cagney type gangsters

    Comment

  77. User: Jean Vaughan

    Posted on: 29/09/2023 at 4:10 am

    A free era for women, dazzling fashion, fringes and fun

    Comment

  78. User: Gardenia

    Posted on: 28/09/2023 at 8:54 pm

    Art deco. Still so modern and stylish after 100 years.

    Comment

  79. User: Posycosy

    Posted on: 28/09/2023 at 8:44 pm

    I imagine glamorous ladies with bobbed hair dancing the Charleston!

    Comment

  80. User: corey468244

    Posted on: 28/09/2023 at 8:28 pm

    the jazz age!

    Comment

  81. User: AlyCat

    Posted on: 28/09/2023 at 9:05 am

    I think of a whole new type of fashion, especially for women. Short bobbed or finger-waved hair, loose clothing considered to be short, and an escape from the tight, constrictive clothing of the previous Edwardian and Victorian era.

    Comment

  82. User: FiLe

    Posted on: 28/09/2023 at 8:05 am

    Art Deco, Bobbed Hair, Fringed Dresses and David Suchet playing the inimitable Hercule Poirot.

    Comment

  83. User: Brenda Hackett

    Posted on: 27/09/2023 at 7:23 pm

    The glamour of the music and fashion.

    Comment

  84. User: Emma Barham

    Posted on: 27/09/2023 at 6:49 pm

    Sleek bobbed hair, red lipstick and stylish beaded dresses! That and Brideshead Revisited!

    Comment

  85. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 27/09/2023 at 8:12 am

    I think of the ugly contrast between the glittering lifestyle of the wealthy and glamorous against the abject poverty that much of the country faced, with children starving and going to school without shoes

    Comment

  86. User: philatel

    Posted on: 26/09/2023 at 1:39 pm

    My parents in their youth, the Charleston dance, etc.

    Comment

  87. User: Yvonne @Fiction_Books

    Posted on: 25/09/2023 at 5:27 am

    With my favourite crime/mystery hat on, as soon as you mention that particular ‘Golden age’ era, the first name that pops into my head is Hercule Poirot, my favourite detective!

    Comment

  88. User: Anne Cowper

    Posted on: 24/09/2023 at 9:09 pm

    The general strike, the depression & the rise of fascism.

    Comment

  89. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 24/09/2023 at 7:17 pm

    Charleston dancing and amazing dress style

    Love the flamboyant look

    Comment

  90. User: Harris Claire

    Posted on: 24/09/2023 at 7:17 pm

    I think of my parents as small children!

    Comment

  91. User: Janine

    Posted on: 24/09/2023 at 6:18 pm

    My nan was a flapper, such a glamorous time

    Comment