My new heroine, Eve, is an obituary writer. The idea for her came after listening to a fascinating interview with Margalit Fox, who fulfilled that role for the New York Times. It got me thinking about the unique insight obituary writers must get into a dead person’s personality and how they were viewed by others. It seemed like the perfect profession for an amateur sleuth! The Suffolk (UK) setting harks back to happy childhood holidays. My grandmother lived there, by the sea, and Eve’s dog Gus is based on her wire-haired dachshund, Huw.
You can download the Kindle version of the first in the series, Mystery on Hidden Lane, for 99p/c. (It’s available in paperback and via Audible too.) The second in the series, Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage, is also out now, while book three, Mystery at Seagrave Hall, will publish 11th June, but is already available to pre-order.
A flavour of the Eve Mallow mysteries
For anyone who knows Suffolk, I’ve created a fictional village – Saxford St Peter – for the series, but I’ve pinched elements of Blythburgh, Dunwich and Walberswick. The pub in the slideshow above is the wonderful White Hart Inn in Blythburgh.