A little about me:
I’m Fiona, the “silent half” of Jeff ‘n’ Joys… although people that know me would never describe me as silent! Why silent… because I normally beaver away in the background and most of our customers don’t know I exist, but with this new website I’ve decided I can’t hide anymore… Well I haven’t but Glen (http://www. glenwheeler.co.uk) who designed our new site says I can’t!
I’ve been involved with the business since 2004 on a part-time basis. I eventually managed to escape the day job in 2014 by taking early retirement from Teesside University where I had worked for over 21 years.
I’ve always loved books, they are wonderful, magical things and I couldn’t imagine life without them. My main love is crime novels – especially those set in the Golden Age of crime and some historical crime – but I will read just about anything, including the words on a cereal box if there’s nothing else available.
Favourite authors include all the usual suspects – Christie, Crispin, Allingham etc, but I also like modern writers carrying on the tradition, such as Catriona McPherson, Frances Brody and Dolores Gordon-Smith.
Paul Doherty, Edward Marston and Cora Harrison are amongst my favourites for historical crime and for unusual crime you can’t beat the Bryant & May novels of Christopher Fowler, the Peter Grant novels by Ben Aaaronovitch, the Flavia de Luce novels by Alan Bradley…
And last but not least, I adore the wonderful Brenda and Effie novels by Paul Magrs.