‘SOME DANCE TO FORGET’ – CRIME THRILLER SET IN SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA
Rick was born in Saltburn and lived in the family home on Milton Street – Kemball’s Bakers & Confectioners – until he left home to go to college in London. Eventually he became a teacher and taught drama in a variety of schools and colleges throughout the UK.
In 2006 he went to live in France and began writing the Mick Fletcher thrillers in 2010. Fletcher is a Londoner, but his disregard for proper procedure and unpredictable mood swings cause him to be sent further and further north despite having some successful results.
‘Some Dance to Forget’ is the third novel to be published and follows Fletcher’s continuing attempts to track down a female serial killer who was the subject of Rick’s first book ‘Daughter of the Rose’.
Lots more information and blog can be found on his website – www.rick-lee.co.uk
Rick tells us…
‘Despite what this blurb tells you about the book, I have happy memories of Saltburn in which I had ‘an idyllic childhood, running wild and free in the woods, playing on the beach and dabbling in the rock pools beneath the looming cliff’.
I have borrowed the easily recognised street names, layout, buildings and the garden paths, which are embedded in that memory for my story, BUT everything else: the characters, the events and the horror are all imagined and bear no resemblance to anyone or any occurrence in the past or present.
I hope that the current inhabitants of Saltburn will forgive this borrowing and yet shudder at the tale, set in a locality they will recognise all too well.
The past can be a dark place as current media revelations have revealed, but Saltburn is still that safe, fairy-tale place in my head, which gave me the strength to face the world.
The late 70s and 80s was a tough time in the North East of England. There was little money for civic pride, but on recent visits I can see that the town has recovered and both locals and visitors can now enjoy the quiet splendour of its unique heritage.’
Rick Lee will be signing copies of his latest book ‘Some Dance to Forget’ which is set in the early 80s in Saltburn in the Library on Tuesday October 22nd between 1.30-4.30 pm.
He will be leading a workshop in the same venue between 2-3pm. Contact Saltburn Library for further information.
He will also be appearing in Gillams Tearoom in Ulverston on Saturday 26th between 10-12 am.