Jonathan Whitelaw in conversation with Chris McDonald

We’re thrilled to announce Jonathan Whitelaw, author of The Bingo Hall Detectives, will be joined by author Chris McDonald, to discuss the second book of the series The Village Hall Vendetta! Chatting all things cosy crime, this event will take place in store at House of Books & Friends from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Wednesday, 21st June.

About The Village Hall Vendetta

There’s a fine art to murder…

Hal Mulberry has long dreamt of owning the iconic painting, Buttermere at Dawn. And now the entrepreneur has got his hands on it, he’s determined to bring it back to the Lakes where it belongs and put it on show, turning Penrith Village Hall into a cultural hotspot – with the painting at its heart.

Journalist Jason Brazel is delighted to get the exclusive. Even if his mother in law, Amita, thinks he’s making a fuss about an ugly piece of modern art. But when Amita uncovers a theory that the painting is cursed, she wonders just what Hal is bringing to their door: hex, hoax or dirty-deal?

While the great and the good gather for the unveiling, someone’s got murder on their mind. And it’s up to Jason and Amita to find who is trying to put people out of the picture … permanently.

About Jonathan Whitelaw

Jonathan Whitelaw is a writer, award-winning journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism, covering everything from sports to music to radioactive waste – and everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer, panellist and commentator.

About Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald grew up in Northern Ireland before settling in Manchester via Lancaster and London. He is the author the DI Erika Piper series A Wash of Black, Whispers In The Dark and Roses for the Dead. He has also recently dabbled in writing cosy crimes, in the shape of The Stonebridge Mysteries, as a remedy for the darkness.


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There are a limited amount of tickets available for those unable to afford one at present. To be considered, please contact the store directly on or call 07597365380.

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