There’s been a murder! Crime night at the Burnbrae

Burnbrae Pub Manager Gerry Savage (holding book) with Bert Mitchell Crime writer. 'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Fri 21st March 2014
Burnbrae Pub Manager Gerry Savage (holding book) with Bert Mitchell Crime writer. 'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Fri 21st March 2014

There are times when we could all murder a pint - but how about a spot of murder mystery to go along with your pint?

That’s what’s on offer at Bearsden’s popular Burnbrae pub when it holds its first ever crime night.

Star attraction will be local author Bert Mitchell, who has agreed to pop along to his local to read from his latest blockbuster, The Longest Shadow.

Bert, who writes under the name RJ Mitchell, said: “I’m delighted and really grateful that my local has decided to feature me in its first ever crime night and I’d like to thank the Burnbrae manager Gerry Savage for coming up with the idea. As a local author you just can’t beat local support.”

“My latest novel is the third in the Thoroughgood Glaswegian detective series and was the Radio Clyde Book Club book of the month in December.

“Since the novel came out I have featured with the Bloody Scotland Crime festival for the first time, spoken at a couple of book festivals and done a series of book signings across Central Scotland, with three sell-outs and a really positive reaction to the novel from all those who have read it.

“Doing a crime night at my local is something a bit different but the great atmosphere in the Burnbrae will, I’m sure, really lend itself to a great night and one I hope will be very interesting to anyone who comes along.”

“The format will be to explain how I go about writing a crime novel and elaborate on the inspiration behind The Longest Shadow.

“I will also give a short reading from the book and take questions and if anyone would like to buy an edition there will be copies available for sale.”

“As readers of the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald will know, the idea for the novel came from an article which appeared in the paper concerning the wartime murder of Gertrude Canning, an Irish lady, who lived in Craigdhu Road, Milngavie, before World War Two.

“I have no doubt her murder was the subject of a cover up that goes on to this very day and I will be explaining why I think so. Believe me, it is a fascinating story.”

The crime night is on Thursday, April 3, starting at 7.30pm.