I’m enjoying the new British Library series of 1930 murders. They’re good stories, with very little in the way of blood and gore, so they almost fit the modern “cosy” category. For me, the emphasis is always going to be on the good yarn, rather than horrific detail. It’s just that you need a corpse to get the whole thing going…
…Or maybe not.
I was intrigued when I read the “blurb” on the back of The Sussex Downs Murder, which stated that the investigation started without a corpse. Ah, I thought, nothing new under the sun, because that’s very much the way it is in Looking for Death, the book I’m writing at the moment, and I began to wonder if my book had already been written. But I soon found that, while there were similarities with the initial premise, the subsequent turn of events was entirely different, and I was able to breathe again.
The other book in the picture, Mystery in White, was a surprise best seller over Christmas, and it has a rare advantage these days in that it is a suitable gift for elderly relatives, and not just because of its nostalgic cover!