Adrian Muller worked with the crime
writer Andrew Taylor, to produce a short detective story, written in
the form of a penny dreadful. Fingers to the Bone celebrates
Brunel and Bristol, with striking illustrations by Simon Gurr.
'Penny dreadful' was a term applied in the nineteenth century to lurid
serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks, each part costing
The book was distributed to over 500 delegates
at the Left Coast Crime convention, as well as some Brunel 200 partners,
including Bristol Libraries.
Left Coast Crime, is an annual crime
fiction convention which ordinarily is held on the West coast of the United
States. The convention in Bristol, in March 2006 was the 16th of its kind,
and was aimed at international, national and local audiences, with panels,
interviews and workshops for aspiring crime writers.
Audience members at
the convention travelled from USA, Israel, Ireland, Canada, Hawaii and
all over the UK to attend.
Andrew Taylor is the two-time winner
of the British Crime Writers’ Association
Historical Dagger Award, with strong ties to Bristol. His first book,
the award-winning Caroline Minuscule has
been followed by the popular Lydmouth detective series, which includes The
Office of the Dead and The American
Andrew’s short stories have been published in The
Times Summer Anthology, and Woman’s
Own. According to public library loan
figures, he is one of Britain’s most borrowed authors.
information on Andrew visit: www.andrew-taylor.co.uk
A PDF of Fingers to
the Bone is available for download here.
Photography: Steve Thomas.
Illustrations: Simon Gurr.