Few would deny that one of the most essential items on the British crime calendar is the ‘Bodies in the Bookshop’ conglomeration of crime authors assembled on an annual basis in Cambridge’s legendary Heffers bookshop. The event takes place under the aegis of this country’s most respected crime bookseller, Richard Reynolds (also a Chair of Judges for the Crime Writers Association). What a terrific idea, then, to devise an anthology (edited by LC Tyler and Ayo Onatade) which assembles stories by 20 practitioners in the field (including such writers as Simon Brett, Chris Ewan, Ruth Dudley Edwards and Christopher Fowler) with – theoretically — a common theme (or to be more precise, four themes: bookshops, Cambridge, books and libraries). While the text with its miniscule font may test the eyes of anyone over 30, there is many a delight to be found in the pages of this cherishable anthology.
Bodies in the Bookshop is published by Ostara