I need to get rid of the Ferrari

Yellow Diamond by Andrew Martin A great discussion took place in Mayfair Library last week, at the end of author Andrew Martin’s talk about his latest book Yellow Diamond – a crime of the super rich.

The book is set in Mayfair and Andrew has included in it many comments overheard as he wandered the streets and smoked in the cigar shop. One brilliant example was “I’m going to have the change the Ferrari – it’s no good for my back”!

The audience, made up of residents and workers in Mayfair, became passionate about how the area has changed. Some believed it was for the better and others thought it was for the worse. We were queuing up to buy the book from him at the end of the evening, especially to see if we recognised any of the characters in it (although I am sure Andrew will have a disclaimer at the front saying it is not based on any living person).

Author Andrew Martin at Mayfair Library, November 2015

Andrew took us down memory lane to his childhood in York when riding the trains of his youth was a joy rather than the painful experience of commuting many of us take now, and this was a real insight into the creation of his historical crime novels featuring Jim Stringer, railwayman and detective. We’ve previously featured Andrew’s books in a blog about railway-themed crime writing – read more.

“Super interesting … loved the chat at the end.”

“Fantastic, fascinating- could have listened to Andrew and the Q&A all night.”

[Katrina]

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