The next murder mystery novel is only an idea away

Murder scene

Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes it feels like you can pluck them from the ether. And you can lose them just as quickly if you’re not careful. Many of my ideas come when I’m drifting off to sleep. Shaving in the morning seems to generate quite a few. Running seems to stimulate the creative juices too. … Continue reading "The next murder mystery novel is only an idea away"

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Are your novels cosy mysteries?

Sue Grafton

When a reader first asked me this question, images of Miss Marple and tearooms in quaint country villages sprang into my head. That’s okay, I thought, because I love Miss Marple and Agatha Christie. They’re one of the reasons I write traditional whodunit mysteries. When bestselling author, Tamara McKinley suggested that Agatha Christie fans would … Continue reading "Are your novels cosy mysteries?"

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How much planning goes into the Kent Fisher Mysteries?

The simple answer is it depends. No Remorse, the latest novel, started with an opening line and a luxury residential home as a setting. I knew there would be a trail to follow into Anthony Trimble’s past, but little idea what Kent would uncover. Not much planning. By contrast, I had at least two Lever … Continue reading "How much planning goes into the Kent Fisher Mysteries?"

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What made you choose an environmental health officer to solve murders?

I’ve been an environmental health officer (EHO)all my working life. As an enforcement officer, who worked with the police at times, I felt EHOs had the skills to solve a murder. But I soon realised there was plenty to do if he was going to be a credible character. Let’s face it, EHOs don’t solve … Continue reading "What made you choose an environmental health officer to solve murders?"

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