Chairman of Sherborne Literary Society and Festival Judith Spelman and secretary Sue Adams had a surprise treat at Winstone’s bookshop in Sherborne last week.
The launch of local author Mark Boyden’s new book, a murder mystery thriller called ‘Fatal Redemption’, had a surprise extra guest in the shape of his co-author, double Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Lou Kilzer.
“Judith and Sue wanted to meet both of us,” said Mark, who lives at East Knoyle. "The problem was that Lou is currently in Costa Rica researching the sequel!"
The solution was provided by a large cardboard cutout of Lou and a computer hookup with him courtesy of Winstone's owner Wayne Winstone.
To the obvious delight of some 20 Blackmore Vale books enthusiasts eager to meet him, Lou was beamed into the shop from 5,000 miles and six time zones away via Skype.
“It was great fun and quite an experience to involve someone half a world away in the discussion about the book,” said Wayne. “It added a whole new dimension to the event."
Equally enthusiastic was Judith Spelman who said the hookup was something the Sherborne Literary Society, organisers of the October festival, might think of reproducing at one of its monthly 'Words with Wine' meetings.
‘Fatal Redemption’ is the first in a series featuring new heroine journalist Sally Will and is a mystery thriller that pits the Russian mafia and government against the American mafia, police, secret service and both Russian and US presidents on the trail of a deadly serial killer.
It is published by Wiltshire-based Enigmas Publishing in both paperback and ebook formats. Paperback copies are available locally from Winstones in Sherborne, Waterstones in Salisbury, and through the enigmaspublishing.com website.