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BOOK LAUNCH: The Chemical Detective by Fiona Erskine

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – £13.49

Join us at Golden Hare Books for an evening with Fiona Erskine, author of the explosive new novel THE CHEMICAL DETECTIVE, who will be in conversation with bookseller Katalina Watt. Includes Q&A and book signing.

Dr Jaq Silver. Skier, scientist, international jet-setter, explosives expert. She blows things up to keep people safe.

Join us at Golden Hare Books for a FREE book launch celebrating the release of The Chemical Detective, a new novel by Fiona Erskine about a female explosives expert. 

About the book

Working on avalanche control in Slovenia, Jaq stumbles across a problem with a consignment of explosives. After raising a complaint with the supplier, a multinational chemical company, her evidence disappears. Jaq is warned, threatened, accused of professional incompetence and suspended.

Taking her complaint further, she narrowly escapes death only to be framed for murder. Escaping from police custody, she sets out to find the key to the mystery. Racing between the snowy slopes of Slovenia and the ghostly ruins of Chernobyl, can she uncover the truth before her time runs out?

About this event

Fiona will be joining us to discuss her inspiration, research and writing of her novel, in conversation with Katalina, one of our resident booksellers at the Golden Hare. There will be a reading from the novel, an opportunity for audience questions and signing afterwards. 

Tickets for this event are free but booking is essential. You have the option of pre-ordering a copy of the book (Ticket + Book option) which will be available to collect on the evening of the event. Golden Hare events start at 6.30pm and doors are open from 6.00pm. Please arrive on time to start at 6.30pm to avoid interrupting the discussion.

Golden Hare is a small venue and we cannot always guarantee seats, but please contact us if you require a chair and we will reserve one for you. We regret that Golden Hare Books is not a wheelchair-friendly venue and has several stairs leading to the front door, but please contact us and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

About the author

Fiona Erskine grew up in Edinburgh and is a professional engineer based in Stockton on Tees, frequently travelling to Brazil, Russia, India and China. As a female engineer, she is often the lone representative of her gender in board meetings, cargo ships, night-time factories and offshore oil rigs, and her fiction offers a fascinating insight into this traditionally male world.


April 12
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – £13.49
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