Wed, 21 Jun|
Christ Church Centre
Trial by Fire: An evening of historical thrillers with D.V. Bishop & Kate Foster
Tickets £5-£16.99 This is a live, in-person event. Location: Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Road, EH10 4DD Join us for an evening travelling through time and across Europe, from Edinburgh to Florence, with two incredibly novels steeped in history and dripping with the scent of murder.
Time & Location
21 Jun, 19:00 – 20:30 BST
Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DD, UK
About The Event
This is a live, in-person event.
Location: Christ Church Centre, 6a Morningside Road, EH10 4DD
Join us for an evening travelling through time and across Europe, from Edinburgh to Florence, with two incredible novels steeped in history and dripping with the scent of murder. D.V. Bishop brings us the third in his Cesare Aldo series, Ritual of Fire, and Kate Foster introduces her best-selling debut, The Maiden.
About the Books:
Ritual of Fire by D.V. Bishop
Florence. Summer, 1538.
A night patrol finds a wealthy merchant hanged and set ablaze in the city’s main square. More than mere murder, this killing is intended to put the fear of God into Florence. Forty years earlier, puritanical monk Girolamo Savonarola was executed the same way. Does this new killing mean his fanatical disciples are reviving the monk’s regime of holy terror?
Cesare Aldo is busy hunting thieves in the Tuscan countryside, leaving Constable Carlo Strocchi to investigate the killing. When another merchant is burned alive in public, the rich start fleeing to their country estates. But the Tuscan hills can also be dangerous.
Growing religious fervour and a scorching heatwave drives the city ever closer to madness. Meanwhile, someone is stalking those powerful men who forged lifelong bonds in the dark days of Savonarola.
Unless Aldo and Strocchi work together, all of Florence will be consumed by an inferno of death and destruction.
The Maiden by Kate Foster
Inspired by a real-life case and winner of the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect Award, Kate Foster's The Maiden is a remarkable story with a feminist revisionist twist, giving a voice to women otherwise silenced by history.
"In the end, it did not matter what I said at my trial. No one believed me."
Edinburgh, October 1679. Lady Christian is arrested and charged with the murder of her lover, James Forrester. News of her imprisonment and subsequent trial is splashed across the broadsides, with headlines that leave little room for doubt: Adulteress. Whore. Murderess.
Only a year before, Lady Christian was newly married, leading a life of privilege and respectability. So, what led her to risk everything for an affair? And does that make her guilty of murder? She wasn't the only woman in Forrester's life, and certainly not the only one who might have had cause to wish him dead . . .
About the Authors:
D. V. Bishop is the pseudonym of award-winning writer David Bishop. His love for the city of Florence and the Renaissance period meant there could be only one setting for his crime fiction. The first book in the Cesare Aldo series, City of Vengeance, won the Pitch Perfect competition at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival and the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book. It was also shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Bishop was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship while writing that novel. He teaches creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University.
Kate Foster has been a national newspaper journalist for over twenty years. Growing up in Edinburgh, she became fascinated by its history and often uses it as inspiration for her stories. The Maiden won the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect 2020 prize for new writers. She lives in Edinburgh with her two children.
This ticket allows event entry for one individual.
Event Entry + Ritual of Fire
With this ticket you will receive one copy of 'Ritual of Fire' by D.V. Bishop.
Event Entry + The Maiden
With this ticket you will receive one copy of 'The Maiden' by Kate Foster.