Night Owl Book Club - Murder Ballad
Night Owl Book Club - Murder Ballad
Lucy Ribchester

Night Owl Book Club - Murder Ballad

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Join us for our July book club event on Monday, 22nd July, at 8.30 pm. We'll be meeting at The Crown & Kitchen in East Linton, where author Lucy Ribchester will be joining us to discuss Murder Ballad, her new historical mystery set in 18th-century Edinburgh.

Tickets include admittance to the event, a copy of the book (RRP £16.99), plus a glass of wine or a soft drink to enjoy on arrival.

Please note your copy of the book will be available for collection/delivery after its publication on the 20th June.

The event will include a discussion and Q&A with Lucy Ribchester, followed by a book signing. 

Please select 'local collection' at the checkout if you would like to pick up your copy from Night Owl. Alternatively please select a shipping option and we will post your book to you.

This event is open to attendees aged 18+ only.

About the book:

Edinburgh, 1791. Isobel Duguid and her friend Clessidro are the stars of the Edinburgh Musical Society. Clessidro sings opera and Isobel sings famously dark Scottish ballads, despite her cavalier attitude to holding a tune.

They roam the streets of Edinburgh, enjoying an opulent lifestyle. One night a note arrives from the mysterious Mrs Abercorn, asking if Isobel's most notorious song, The Fiddler's Wrath, might be included in a book. It's the tale of a prima donna who died of heartbreak after her husband committed murder and was sent to the gallows.

Isobel is intrigued. But Mrs. Abercorn's curiosity about the ballad is far more than a fickle interest.

When Clessidro goes missing, Isobel is forced to confront her past and the truth about The Fiddler's Wrath begins to emerge. Using the geography of Edinburgh to guide us through the story, this dark tale becomes more complicated than anyone could have imagined and awakens the chilling retribution of a once buried secret.

Hardback, 304 pages, publishing 20th June 2024.

About Lucy Ribchester:

Lucy Ribchester was born in Edinburgh, and Murder Ballad will be her third historical novel. Her first, The Hourglass Factory, was selected by Waterstones Edinburgh as their Book of the Year, longlisted for the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown and picked by Val McDermid for her New Blood panel at Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.

Lucy has also received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the COSTA Short Story Award and the Manchester Fiction Prize.

As well as writing fiction, Lucy is a journalist and copywriter and has contributed to The
Guardian, The Times, The List and the National Trust for Scotland. She reviews dance, circus and cabaret during the Edinburgh Festival and has published two contemporary thrillers under the name Elle Connel.


- Where will we be meeting?

The event will be held at The Crown & Kitchen, 25-27 Bridge Street, East Linton, EH40 3AG. 

A note on Covid precautions: if you feel unwell on the day, please do take a lateral flow test, if you can, if you can, as a courtesy to other attendees.