THE ANGLESEY MURDERS… unholy island!
I expect many of you will have read local bestselling author, Conrad Jones’ thrillers. I have Karen Mossman to thank for introducing them to me. Here is her review of the first of his new trilogy … can’t wait for the next two!
I saw this advertised in a Facebook group and was immediately drawn to the cover. It’s a house called Craig y Mor and sits on a hill overlooking Trearddur Bay. Locals call it the haunted house because as children it scared them. It’s actually quite stunning. Last year the BBC used it as a location for filming The Safe House.
The book is based on Anglesey, and on the side of the island where I live. I particularly loved that the lead detective (who lives in Rhoscolyn) stopped into my local Spar shop. I was also able to relate to many of the places it talked about, and those I didn’t know, made me want to run off and find them, just so as I could walk in the character’s footsteps.
Apart from all that, it is a great story, told really well, with good strong characters. It’s a bonus for me living in the place it is based. If you don’t know the area, you’ll still enjoy a really good crime novel.
I often talk about twists at the end and things I didn’t see coming. This had an ending I’ve never seen before. Yes, there was a surprise which wasn’t hinted at previously, only it wasn’t that which caught my attention. It was the very poignant author’s note that came after the story had ended. It endeared me to the main character even more.
Great story that I would give six stars to if I could. Karen Mossman
From our AM, Rhun ap Iorwerth
The Island Games Football tournament is to be held here on Anglesey this month (June), and everyone is welcomed to watch the games. Members of the organizing committee have chosen 11 pitches across Anglesey to host the games, and welcome players from 14 Islands across the world to Ynys Môn to play Football. The Committee is currently hoping to welcome the Island Games here to Anglesey in 2025 and has received the support of the Welsh Assembly Government and the County Council. Wishing every success to the Football tournament and hoping it will be a preview of what is to come!
Dementia Patient Hospital Care
On Monday 10th June I will be holding a discussion about hospital care for people living with dementia. The discussion will take place at the Ebeneser Center, Llangefni and is open to everyone who lives here on Anglesey who has experience – whether it’s a good experience, or a bad experience – about the care of someone living with Dementia. The information will be used to make recommendations to the Welsh Government on how to improve the quality of Dementia Care in hospitals across Wales, which has the potential to affect the lives of thousands of people.
I was very pleased with the result of the European Elections here on Anglesey, and I wish Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru MEP every success, whilst representing Wales at the European Parliament.
News from the Lookout
This month’s news from the lookout consists of two pleas, a plug and a thank you. The thank you goes to Caro Wilson who kindly stepped into the breach by producing last month’s News From the Lookout while I was recovering from a total replacement of my left knee, an operation that was successfully performed in Ysbyty Gwynedd in mid-April. Thanks to powerful morphine-based painkillers the procedure itself, and its aftermath, proved relatively pain free. However, the side effects of the drugs laid me low for a day or two which is why I called on Caro for help. Being the star that she is she readily agreed for which I was, and remain, extremely grateful.
The first plea is to the many kayakers who regularly paddle in Borthwen and the seas around Rhoscolyn. Last month two of our watch keepers, on separate occasions, initiated rescue procedures with the Coast Guard after seeing kayakers in apparent difficulty in the waters directly beneath the watch station. On both occasions it quickly became apparent that the kayakers were in fact practicing emergency procedures and the rescues were called off. So the plea goes out to all of Rhoscolyn’s kayakers to please get in touch with the watch keepers on duty to advise them of your intentions, especially if you are going to be practicing capsize drills and other emergency procedures. You can do this by telephone (07935 822171) or preferably by radio using the NCI’s dedicated channel 65. Our call sign is ‘Rhoscolyn NCI’ and channel 65 is constantly monitored. You can also use channel 65 to ask for local inshore weather forecasts, the state of the tide and other general information.
The second plea is for new volunteers to join our team. Through natural wastage we have recently lost several watch keepers and we need to replace them as a matter of urgency. So, if you can spare a little time each month to help save lives at sea please contact any of our members at the watch station for more information or call our the Station Manager, John Wilson, on 01407 740575. The task is very satisfying, not particularly onerous and full training will be given.
For Mike’s NCI Plug see the side bar.
Run (or walk) in aid of Cancer Resarch UK
For the third year, the Annabel Martin Run & Family Walk takes place this year on 29th June. To find out more – where to meet up and when – you can call the organiser, Huw, on 07540 284 985 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. He has told us that the White Eagle is kindly hosting everyone after the run.
Huw can tell you where free car parking has been arranged for people taking part.
He has told us that: “it is hoped this will be a “plastic free” event and he is trying to work to this with water companies etc. Which will be massive for the area and hopefully may encourage some people to attend who are environmentalists as well as fun runners and walking enthusiasts”.