The Big Read


This year we are taking part in The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate’s 2014 Big Read. The Big Read book is A Place of Execution by Val McDermid


In the Peak District village of Scarsdale, thirteen-year-old girls didn’t just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of ’63, everyone knew it was a murder. Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well. A child herself when Alison vanished, decades on she still recalls the sense of fear as parents kept their children close, terrified of strangers. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison, the tantalizing leads and harrowing dead ends. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story – plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations.

Join us on Tuesday 10th June, 2pm at Wakefield Library and Museum to discuss the book with Festival Reader-In-Residence David Mark and travel back in time to Wakefield in 1963 with Wakefield Museum and Library staff.

I’m afraid talking part in the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival does not entitle us to any free beer, but we do have some copies of the book available. Leave a comment if you would like to take part in the Big Read and we’ll get a copy to you to enjoy.


Posted on May 16, 2014, in Events, Readers Groups. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Yes please! Crime isn’t usually my genre of choice so this will be an interesting one for me. I like something out of my comfort zone!

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