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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


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

    Cristina McDonell
    dana manning


  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.


  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.


  4. User: Michelle Lewis-Robertson

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

    I think of flappers, Feathers, sequins and fabulous fun


  5. User: ceroooss

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

    Amazing dancing, fashion and the Great Gatsby!


  6. User: Lauren O

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

    I always think of The Great Gatsby


  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.


  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.


  9. User: Claire Hamilton

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

    I think it was the height of the jazz era.


  10. User: Adrian Bold

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

    The Prohibition Era


  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.


  12. User: Tamdy

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

    Shorter dresses, suffragette movement, joy


  13. User: andyszym

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



  14. User: Rachel Colclough

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

    Beautiful clothes, fabulous dances, amazing parties


  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


  16. User: Nicola Beedall

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

    The lovely dresses, and short hairstyles


  17. User: Victoria Prince

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

    I think of the dancing


  18. User: karen dixon

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

    Flapper dresses


  19. User: Natalia

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

    I think of the incredible fashion and the Prohibition period.


  20. User: Liz Atkin

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

    jazz music


  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


  22. User: Janine Atkin

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

    flapper dresses


  23. User: Richard Johnson

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

    30s Gangsters


  24. User: Pat Stubbs

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

    art deco furniture and pottery


  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.


  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.


  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


  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


  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.


  30. User: Cornelia Ridler

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

    Frivolous parties


  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


  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!


  33. User: Vicky Haining

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

    The Great Gatsby


  34. User: paul lodge

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

    prohibition and moonshiners


  35. User: James Eyles

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

    Peaky Blinders


  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.


  37. User: Liz Hardy

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

    Downton Abbey springs to mind.


  38. User: Liz Hardy

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

    Downton Abbey springs to mind


  39. User: John Rossington

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

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


  40. User: Erica Hughes

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

    Agatha Christie


  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.



    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.


  43. User: Pauli57

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

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


  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).


  45. User: clarabella3

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

    fun and dancing


  46. User: Lesevans6

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

    Dancing the Charleston.


  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!!


  48. User: Sheri

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



  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.


  50. User: atebbs

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

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


  51. User: miss emma hensby

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

    I think of The Great Gatsby


  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


  53. User: Amy

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

    the excellent style jazz and dancing !


  54. User: Simon Emery

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

    The golden age of detective fiction


  55. User: Nancy Townsend

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

    I think of flapper dresses, beads and dancing.


  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


  57. User: Laura Pritchard

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

    I think of The Great Gatsby!


  58. User: Shellypunk

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

    Art Deco and partying


  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.


  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


  61. User: Tracey Poulter

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



  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.


  63. User: Lisa Wilkinson

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

    I think of the clubs and dancing


  64. User: Chris Andrews

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

    l imagine the struggles of the suffragettes


  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.


  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


  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.


  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.


  69. User: Linda Acaster

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

    Ladies dancing with short tasseled dresses and
    swinging long bead necklaces


  70. User: Sheena Batey

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

    Prohibition and secret gin joints


  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.


  72. User: Cristina McDowall

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

    Fringed dresses and hairbands on short hair


  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.


  74. User: Suzanne Croft

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

    Tasselled dresses and feather headbands.


  75. User: CompsAlex

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

    James Cagney type gangsters


  76. User: Alex Porter

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

    James Cagney type gangsters


  77. User: Jean Vaughan

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

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


  78. User: Gardenia

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

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


  79. User: Posycosy

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

    I imagine glamorous ladies with bobbed hair dancing the Charleston!


  80. User: corey468244

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

    the jazz age!


  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.


  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.


  83. User: Brenda Hackett

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

    The glamour of the music and fashion.


  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!


  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


  86. User: philatel

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

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


  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!


  88. User: Anne Cowper

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

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


  89. User: Margaret Gallagher

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

    Charleston dancing and amazing dress style

    Love the flamboyant look


  90. User: Harris Claire

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

    I think of my parents as small children!


  91. User: Janine

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

    My nan was a flapper, such a glamorous time