Cardiff is the setting for many of my novels

Cardiff is the main setting for the series Accounting for Murder as well as my latest, The Key to a Murder.  I am putting an audio version of that book on this blog, one chapter at a time and Chapter Four is at the end of this post. These books are fiction but the setting is real. I lived there for many years and that is only one reason for my choosing to set my stories there.

The Principality Stadium, one of landmarks of Cardiff to feature in The Key to a Murder.

The Principality Stadium, one of landmarks of Cardiff to feature in The Key to a Murder.

What’s special about Cardiff?

Here are some facts about the city that may interest you.

  1. It is the largest city in Wales, with a population of approximately 362,400 as of 2021.
  2. The city is home to the Principality Stadium, which hosts major sporting events and concerts, and has a retractable roof.
  3. Cardiff Castle, a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion, is located in the city center and is a popular tourist attraction.
  4. The city has Victorian and Edwardian arcades, which are indoor shopping streets featuring independent boutiques, cafes, and bars.
  5. Cardiff Bay, once the world’s largest coal-exporting port, is now a popular waterfront area with restaurants, bars, and cultural venues.
  6. The city is home to the National Museum of Wales, which houses extensive art collections, natural history exhibits, and the St Fagans National Museum of History, an open-air museum showcasing the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people.
  7. Cardiff University, founded in 1883, is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research universities.
  8. The city is home to the Senedd, the Welsh Parliament building, which features a distinctive undulating roof that reflects the building’s coastal setting.
  9. It has famous parks and green spaces, including Bute Park, Roath Park, and Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve.

Ready for Chapter Four?

More about the book is on several previous posts. Here’s an introduction.