Joan Arkle, a tireless climate change activist, is passionate about her beliefs. She has taken her campervan to the Lake District, to be able to live among the hills she loves. Here is ample scope for her trade as a wildlife photographer. Here, too, is an opportunity to make a difference by campaigning against global warming.
But her time in Cumbria proves challenging. Somehow her activities attract hostility. Increasingly she makes enemies.
And then, one evening on a quiet by-road, her campervan is firebombed.
Andrew Bibby’s latest crime mystery, Too Hot for Comfort, is published on October 1st. Set among the beauty of the mountains and lakes of England’s most popular National Park, the novel completes Andrew’s Cumbrian Fells trilogy, begun with the two earlier novels The Bad Step and In the Cold of the Night. Each novel can be read independently of the others, however.
Andrew Bibby says: “Our Lake District landscapes are stunning, and I try to capture their particular magic in my novels. As a walker and fell-runner myself, it’s a pleasure to try to bring this special countryside to life on the written page.”
Too Hot for Comfort takes its readers on a journey to solve a classic crime mystery. Who was responsible for firebombing the campervan? And what precisely is Joan Arkle’s background? Both DI Chrissy Chambers of the Cumbria Police and Nick Potterton, once a successful London journalist but now a struggling local freelance, find themselves tussling with these questions.
But the novel also offers more. Andrew’s writing thoughtfully probes not just the key subject of climate change but other pressing social issues, including among others the illegal drugs trade, revenge porn and social media trolling, and the economic plight of local newspapers. There is an international element too, in the shape of the young Catalan nationalist and environmental activist Lluïsa who finds herself in the Lake District while on the run from the Spanish police.
Too Hot for Comfort will delight both those who love the Lakes and those who enjoy good crime fiction. The novel is published by Gritstone Publishing, which specialises in publishing non-fiction and fiction titles relating to the landscape and the countryside. Gritstone is the first publisher in the country to be established as an author-run co-operative. Trade distribution to the book trade is from Cordee Distribution.
Andrew Bibby is a writer and journalist, based in Yorkshire. He is also the author of several non-fiction books about northern England landscapes.
280 pp; 198mm x 129mm paperback, full colour cover. £8.99
Publisher: Gritstone Publishing Co-operative, Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge HX7 8DG
Trade distribution: Cordee Ltd, 11 Jacknell Rd, Dodwells Bridge Industrial Estate, Hinckley, LE10 3BS, 01455 611185 and [email protected]