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‘Christine Poulson’s wonderful sense of place brings Cambridge to life. Cassie overcomes the problems facing her with wit and guile aplenty and ensures the reader’s empathy from first word to last . . . an enthralling and engaging read that underlines Christine’s burgeoning reputation as a crime novelist to watch.’ [Stage Fright]

- SHOTS MAGAZINE

It’s over!

51bR+fAUJXL._AA160_In my Christmas Eve daze – up to my elbows in red cabbage and stuffing – I must have forgotten to press ‘publish’ after I wrote this post. It was actually written on the 24th December!

‘Today my book-buying moratorium is over. It’s been three months – and I have pretty much stuck with it. I did buy a book last week, a work of popular science, The 4% Universe by Richard Panek – but not for pleasure. I wanted to read it as research for my next novel, and there wasn’t a copy in the London Library or my local library. I also downloaded a children’s story, A Bundle of Trouble by my old friend, Judith Dunger, after she mentioned it in her Christmas letter. So now I have owned up to everything – and I think I have done just fine over all.

Once I got used to the idea of the moratorium, it wasn’t so difficult. I think it will have a longer effect on my book-buying habits. Although I’m not going to deny myself the pleasure of buying books, I’ll be more selective in future. I will buy books by my favourite authors and will now and then take a chance on a new writer – I just won’t do it as much – and I’ll use the library more. This is in part because the impact on my TBR pile has been pretty negligible, if I am honest. A year’s moratorium might have been more like it. I still have an awful lot of lovely books waiting for me – and will no doubt accumulate more as Christmas presents. So I haven’t entirely achieved what I set out to do in that respect. It’s a work in progress and I’ll go on chipping away over the next year.

To celebrate my achievement, I treated myself to a book – an e-book, actually, as I have had more success in whittling down superfluous e-books. After some thought, I chose Rennie Airth’s new John Madden novel, The Reckoning. And, do you know, it felt terribly extravagant. I almost didn’t want to: almost, but not quite!

Happy Christmas!’