Tea and a chat with the Queen of Crime

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Linlithgow bookshop Far From the Madding Crowd celebrated National Bookshop Day in style – with a sell-out appearance by “Queen of Crime” Ann Cleeves.

The burgh’s crime fiction fans were out in force, and the event had to be staged in Queen Margaret Hall.

The shop’s Sally Pattle said: “The day was a huge success, with 130 very happy people, who enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

“Ann was on excellent form – she’s very funny indeed – and we can’t wait for the next one”.

The Linlithgow event was part of the author’s Cold Earth tour of the UK, promoting the book of that name – her 30th in 30 years.

It is a Shetland murder mystery, and for fans of the much-praised series its publication has been eagerly awaited.

Cold Earth opens as Jimmy Perez attends the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, but torrential rain triggers a landslide that reveals a totally unexpected body – that of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress.

Her identity is a mystery that Jimmy becomes obsessed with solving.

A band of volunteers helped lay on an impressive spread for the attendees– a classic Shetland afternoon tea – and there was a special discount for hardback books on the day.

And of course the chance to have a chat with one of the country’s most celebrated crime writers, while getting her autograph.