Northern Bookshelf Live – An Audience with Jessica Irena Smith at Jarrow Focus

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**Please note this event takes place at Jarrow Focus**

Come along to Jarrow Focus to hear from author Jessica Irena Smith as she talks about her debut novel and gripping crime thriller, The Summer She Vanished.

About Jessica Irena Smith

Jessica Irena Smith is Newcastle upon Tyne born and bred and now lives in County Durham with her cat and epileptic rescue chihuahua. The Summer She Vanished, a gripping crime thriller, is her debut novel.

Jessica is a glass artist by trade, and has been selling online and through galleries since 2009, when she also began writing. Jessica’s writing is inspired by many things, but she loves podcasts, which she listens to while cutting glass and loading kilns.

The Summer She Vanished (Headline, 2023)

A missing girl. A murdered woman. How long can a small town bury its past? Forty years ago, local teacher Sister Francesca Pepitone was found strangled in a parking lot on the outskirts of Boweridge. One week later, seventeen-year-old Minna Larson disappeared. No one has seen or heard from her since. The cases were never linked, and neither was solved, but Minna’s niece Maggie is certain there’s a connection because before she vanished, Minna was telling people she knew who had murdered Sister Fran, and that she had the evidence to prove it. But no one believed her because there is one thing everyone can agree on. Minna lies.


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