It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me to find out that I have always wanted to write a cosy mystery. I don’t know why they appeal to me so much, maybe it’s because they are always set in delightful villages that seem suspended in time and where community is still at the heart of everything. There are always winding lanes and lop sided thatched houses with neat gardens, wicker baskets seem to feature large as does home made jam – oh, and of course murder!
Whatever the reason, it’s been on my to do list for some time and having decided to switch genre and write my very own cosy mystery, I decided I would make life even more difficult and write not one but two books!
Deadly Whispers in Lower Dimblebrook is the first in the Isabelle Darby Cosy Village Mystery series.
It introduces Isabelle who has moved to Lower Dimblebrook to recover from the heartbreak of her failed marriage. One of the few friends she has made is Fiona Lambourne, another relative newcomer to the village who has married into the Lambourne family, the local landowners and the nearest to royalty the village has. But Issie’s world is thrown into chaos when Fiona is murdered. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the village is overflowing with gossip that Fiona was conducting a clandestine affair in the weeks leading up to her murder. Angered by the gossip and the stern faced but wickedly handsome DI Wainwright, who seems happy to believe the rumours, Issie is determined to clear her friend’s name, making both new friends and enemies along the way.
I had a wonderful time writing this book, so much so that I immediately wrote the second in the series, Wilful Changes which will be jumping onto the Amazon shelves in a few weeks. Right now my fingers are worn to stumps and my laptop is demanding a holiday, but there will be more, after I’ve had a rest!