|Mysteries, thrillers, crime novels, who-dun-its,|
... real mysteries, historical mysteries...
it's all a mystery to me!
Let me make one thing clear: I haven't actually murdered anyone - you can take things a little too far when it comes to research for background information. Although I must admit, there are a few people who have sorely tempted me...
I decided to write my first 'cosy mystery' for three reasons:
1) I thoroughly enjoyed Debbie Young's Sophie Sayers Mysteries (click here for her recent article about her latest in the series). They inspired me to think "Could I write something like this?"
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The Sophie Sayers Murder Mysteries
2) I have wanted to write something based on my thirteen years as a library assistant for some while, but didn't know where to start or where I could place those years.
3) During lockdown, I wanted to do something different.
|The first in a new series of quick-read, |
cosy mysteries set in the 1970s.
A Mirror Murder
Eighteen-year-old library assistant Jan Christopher’s life is to change on a rainy Friday evening in July 1971, when her legal guardian and uncle, DCI Toby Christopher, gives her a lift home after work. Driving the car, is her uncle’s new Detective Constable, Laurie Walker – and it is love at first sight for the young couple.
But romance is soon to take a back seat when a baby boy is taken from his pram, a naked man is scaring young ladies in nearby Epping Forest, and an elderly lady is found, brutally murdered...
Are the events related? How will they affect the staff and public of the local library where Jan works – and will a blossoming romance survive a police investigation into murder?
“A delightful read about an unexpected murder in North East London.” Richard Ashen (South Chingford Community Library)
“Lots of nostalgic, well-researched, detail about life in the 1970s, which readers of a certain age will lap up; plus some wonderful, and occasionally hilarious, ‘behind the counter’ scenes of working in a public library, which any previous or present-day library assistant will recognise!” Reader Review
A new edition with new additional scenes - launching 21st June - e-book available for pre-order (paperback to follow soon!) https://viewbook.at/WhenMermaidSings