Whodunit? These Sheffield writers certainly did

A group of Sheffield writers have collaborated on a new collection of on ‘whodunit’ crime stories in their latest publication.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 12:00 am
Glen Fryer – writer of two stories in ‘One Way Ticket'.

‘One Way Ticket’ is the title of the latest publication put together by authors from the group WiSE – otherwise known as Writers in Stannington and Ecclesfield.

It is a collection of whodunits and marks the group’s first foray in genre fiction.

Eight very different stories from seven writers are presented in the new collection.

The book delivers new crime stories in which incidents range from the disappearance of a dockside prostitute to the mysterious goings-on at a church Christmas fund-raising event.

It moves between locations as diverse as an upmarket Alpine ski resort and two different UK beach resorts, both distinctly downbeat.

“’One Way Ticket’ is certainly a departure for the group,” said member and anthology publisher Bob Mynors, of Stannington.

“Whilst several of us have from time to time turned in stories that might be loosely termed crime stories or whodunits, this is the first time we set out with the intention of writing in a particular genre.

“Even then, with the different writing styles of group members and the different approaches taken, a varied read is assured for anyone who picks the book up.”

The authors who contributed to the book are Jean Atherton, P J Bird, Glen Fryer, Kathryn Hurst, Bob Mynors, Penny Wragg and Pamela Wright.

‘One Way Ticket’ is the group’s ninth collection of stories.

And it is the third published since Stannington Library Writers Group and Ecclesfield Library Writers Group, its two predecessor groups. merged to become one unit.

Paperback copies of ‘One Way Ticket’ are available from amazon.co.uk, priced £6 and a Kindle download is also available, priced £1.

Also in the Sheffield writing scene, a city publisher is celebrating after winning this year’s British Book Awards Small Press of the Year Award.

And Other Stories was successful in the category. Philip Jones, chairman of the judges for the awards, said: “ The Small Press Award has been a highlight of this year’s British Book Awards, as it has once again revealed the sheer indefatigability of these publishers in this most difficult of years.”