MacBride provides his magic at the library

A CAPACITY audience in Montrose Library’s exhibition room was thoroughly entertained last Tuesday evening by Stuart MacBride.

Mr MacBride, the author of several mysteries set in Aberdeen, read an excerpt from his latest work, ‘Shattered Bones’, and also a hilarious, if slightly scatological, short story. He was obviously at ease in front of the public as he reminisced, told stories, answered questions from the floor, and sometimes hammed it up – he had done a bit of acting in his time, he explained.

Although he spoke for over an hour, virtually without need of notes, the time passed very quickly and soon he was signing copies of his new novel, provided by Hogg the Bookseller. As the long queue waited patiently it was clear that it had been a very enjoyable evening.

McGREGOR’S GATHERING

If you missed Stuart MacBride – and the tickets went like hot cakes – you still have the chance to hear another fine crime writer, Alexander McGregor, who will be at Forfar Library on Saturday, February 12. The time has yet to be confirmed. Some of you may already know his non-fiction book on Dundee crimes, ‘The Law Killers’, or his novel ‘Lawless’, set in Dundee. Keep an eye on it!

EARLY MONTROSE

Unfortunately, due to the recent bad weather, a talk to be given by Norman Atkinson, senior service manager of cultural services, about the early history of Montrose, had to be postponed.

However, the talk has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 23. Look out for further details of what should prove to be an extremely interesting and popular event. Look out, too, for Norman’s book about the burgh. It has sold many copies but a few are still available from the library at a cost of £1 each.

MONTROSE MEMORIES

The next meeting will be Tuesday (January 25) at 2pm when Sandy Dolan will add to his very popular trips down the High Street and former shops. Sandy’s talks are always well-received and provide a great deal of stimulus to recollecting the way things were – which is the point of the group. Everyone is welcome, admission is free, and tea and biscuits are also provided. Come along and enjoy this informal afternoon of nostalgia and amusement.

REVIEWS

Nightfall by Stephen Leather. Jack Nightingale used to be a successful police negotiator – until the day a child molester dived through his office window while shouting ‘you’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale.’ Unable to say exactly what happened Jack is forced to leave the police and starts up his own private detective agency. His life is turned upside-down when he inherits a mansion with a priceless library. The bequest comes from a man who claims to be his father and it comes with a warning: Jack’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it when Jack is thirty-three – in three weeks’ time. Jack shrugs this off but when people start dying horribly and in suspicious circumstances Jack begins to wonder if there really is an evil force at work. Can he resolve the situation before his birthday? A real page-turner!

RV