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For the Love of Telephone Box Libraries

Why I wrote a short story about a free community library in a telephone kiosk – a guest post and a radio interview

At the start of 2023, I made a promise to myself to share a new blog post every Wednesday, and I’m not going to allow Covid to stop me!

image of best seller flag for The Little Shop of Murders on AmazonThanks to a prescription for antivirals, I’m now testing negative and am on the mend, but I’m exhausted. So this week, my new post will be simply to share a link to a guest post I wrote as part of the launch publicity for the new charity anthology The Little Shop of Murders, in which each story is set in the high street, and a link to a BBC Radio Gloucestershire interview (expires 12th April 2023).

My contribution to this cosy mystery anthology is an exclusive short story about Sophie Sayers called Nowhere to Hide, set around the Wendlebury Barrow village phone box, which is being converted into a free community library.

Book Blog Guest Post

Click here to read my guest post on the book blog Carla Loves to Read.

(My contribution appears towards the end of the Carla’s post – her summary and review of the book are at the top of the page, so keep scrolling to come to my twopennorth!)

BBC Gloucestershire Radio Interview

If you’re in the UK, between now and Friday 12th April, you can also listen on BBC Sounds to a short interview I did about the anthology project with BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Dominic Cotter  – fast forward to 2 hours and 39 minutes into the programme, which you can hear by clicking this link:

Dom interviewed me down the line the day after I’d tested positive for Covid, and I’m sounding a bit croaky, but surprisingly perky considering how I was feeling at the time! Chatting to Dom is always a tonic!

The focus of the interview was Read for Good, the charity I’d nominated to benefit from the anthology, and which I wrote about in this post last week:

nurse pushing Read for Good mobile bookcase in hospital
Read for Good encourages children to read for pleasure and also sends new books and professional storytellers into children’s hospitals all over the UK

If you’d like to read other short stories set in Wendlebury Barrow, there are two novelettes (about 20% of novel length), called The Clutch of Eggs and The Natter of Knitters, available to buy in ebook or as tiny, compact paperbacks.

Click the Links to Order Your Copies Here

The Little Shop of Murders  *  The Clutch of Eggs  *  The Natter of Knitters

cover of Little Shop of Murders

cover of The Clutch of Eggs cover of The Natter of Knitters



English author of warm, witty cosy mystery novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Gemma Lamb/St Bride's School series. Novels published by Boldwood Books, all other books by Hawkesbury Press. Represented by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Course tutor for Jericho Writers. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. Lives and writes in her Victorian cottage in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

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