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Popular Hunter authors ‘open up’ at Cessnock City Libraries


Two renowned Hunter authors, Lee Christine and Scott Bevan, will share their insights at special book reading events at Cessnock City Libraries this week.

Novocastrian Christine, who recently penned Glenrock, is scheduled to appear at Kurri Kurri Library on Tuesday 6 February from 6pm until 7pm.

Set in Newcastle’s idyllic wilderness, she masterfully weaves a suspenseful narrative, with twists and turns, exploring themes of corruption and conspiracy.

Authors Lee Christine and Scott Bevan will appear at Kurri Kurri and Cessnock libraries respectively this week.

In the early hours of the morning, Judge Tempest is found slain in the Glenrock State Conservation Area. A few days later as the investigation is unfolding, the body of a local gang member is discovered nearby, leaving Detective Senior Sergeant Callan O’Connor to question the sinister connection.

Journalist Angela Avery is assigned to cover the Tempest case. Recently she’s been working with Ben Reid, a mural artist incarcerated for forgery and due for release soon. Reid also has connections to the dead gang member.

Avery and O’Connor are in the throes of a new relationship and find themselves keeping their own secrets as they try and keep work and matters of the heart separate.

In Sydney two junior lawyers, Goldie and Nicola, find out about Judge Tempest’s murder on the news and must flee Sydney as soon as possible. What are they running from?

Glenrock is a story of revenge, murder, romance, and the twists keep coming.

Christine is the author of nine previous novels, the most recent three her bestselling Snowy Mountains mystery series, Charlotte Pass, Crackenback (both finalists for the coveted RWA Ruby Award) and Dead Horse Gap.

Bevan, on the other hand, needs to introduction.

The Newcastle-born writer, journalist and film maker will attend Cessnock Library on Thursday 8 February, from 6pm to 7pm, to discuss his latest book Return to the Hunter.

The non-fiction offering accounts his second kayaking journey through the Hunter River, exploring changes to the region, while reflecting on the lives of people in his life, including those met on his first journey.

Drawing on stories from his first book The Hunter, this latest release is effectively two stories in one.

“It’s wonderful to be able to host incredibly-talented and local authors at our fantastic community libraries, and engage with them face-to-face as they showcase their recent novels,” Cessnock City Libraries coordinator Rose-marie Walters said.

“We’d like to thank The Book Den Cessnock for providing copies of Glenrock and Return to The Hunter, which be available for sale and signing.”

Bookings are essential.

They can be made via the What’s On section on the libraries’ website at or by phoning Cessnock Library on 4993 4399 or Kurri Kurri Library on 4993 1638.

Both events are free to residents.

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