Crime in Cornwall (British Book tour Mysteries)
by Emma Dakin
About Crime in Cornwall
Crime in Cornwall (British Book Tour Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (October 13, 2020)
Paperback: 228 pages
Patrick and Rita Stonning, Claire’s neighbors in Ashton-on-Tinch, dash down from London on weekends to host loud parties. They work in a publishing house and use their Ashton semi-detached home as a break from big city stress. Patrick arrives at Claire’s door distraught, reporting one of his partygoers, Olive Nott a best-selling author, dead. Claire discovers that not only is he dead, he’s been murdered. Patrick is suspected of the murder and has enough motive to satisfy the police. Nott wrote mysteries set in Cornwall and had planned to take his lucrative contracts to a competing company. His latest book dealt with smuggling in the caves of Cornwall. The police, including DI Mark Evans from the newly formed Major investigations Team wonder if he learned too much from his research. Claire takes her six tourists, most from America, to the Cornwall coast in search of sites of mystery novels and hears the opinions of the Cornish people on smuggling. She asks Patrick to meet her in Penzance to give a guest lecture on the smuggling in Oliver Nott’s novels. Claire finds Patrick self-aggrandizing and arrogant but doesn’t agree he would murder and sets out to find the one responsible.
Claire Barclay is enthusiastic about her British Mystery Book Tour business. She enjoys taking her guests, usually from America, to the settings of mystery novels where bodies are long dead. Her neighbor’s plea for help to deal with a recently murdered well-known author unsettles her. She leaves the body to the police and takes her guests to Cornwall, including a British tourist who far is too interested in the dead author.
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I was home with small children so I needed to talk to adults. I lived on a ranch without anyone around so invented the characters in my stories as a way of getting adult conversation.
What genres do you write in?
Cozy Mystery as The British Book Tour Mysteries
Non-fiction memoir Pack a Candle A Nurse in the Cariboo (spring 2021)
In the Past
Young adult and children’s novels
Non-fiction for teens and adults
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I write now for the most part in the cozy mystery genre. I write in that genre because I read in that genre. I find it delightful and devour Sara Rosett, Rhys Bowen, Carla Dunn, Jacqueline Winspear, and a host of others.
How did you break into the field?
I found a publisher who published one of my favorite authors, Hazel Holt, and sent a query letter.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I want the readers to enjoy the story but also the characters. I want them to feel as if they know the characters and understand them. As well, I want them to enjoy the language, the words I use, the way I tell the story.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I find creating a novel satisfying. I have created something from my mind which is out in the world. It wasn’t there before I made it, so that’s exciting. Conversations with readers about the book are a treat. They often have a view of my writing I hadn’t considered. And then, there are the imaginary characters in my mind who engage me in conversation. It’s sometimes hilarious.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
For me, plotting is the most challenging part of writing. The characters seem to burst up and are no problem for me, but the plotting is difficult. Plotting requires reason, analysis, a firm understand of the characters and a great deal of discipline so I don’t wander off onto four pages of something that I can never use. I always feel as if I have climbed a mountain when I finish the first draft. No one would want to read it because it lacks energy, but I know I can then re-write it and enjoy the process. Once I have that down and saved on my computer, then I can use my artistry and write the book as a creative process.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Today, young people have great opportunities to take courses and even university degrees in creative writing. While this may seem the long way to production, it isn’t. You will learn so much in those courses that might take you twenty years to learn outside the classroom. I’d say write all the time, but study as well. If you don’t attend any courses, there are many sites on the Internet where you can find information about writing.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
The cozies. Really. One cozy after another. I also like non-fiction such as “Everything you want to know about the Blue Heron”. I like biographies and poetry, but I read a cozy mystery every day.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Well, that’s a toughie. I’m not sure I’m self-aware enough to answer this one. Is it interesting that I play the violin in a chamber group (not well, but I do play), that I paddle in an outrigger in non-Covid times and in a kayak in Covid times, that I live by the ocean on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia? Would they like to know that I’ve written one play and would love to write another but can’t see that happening with the writing schedule in front of me?
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Readers can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to hear from them.
If you would like to know more about The British Book Tour series, go to my website emmadakinauthor.com and click on the Join My Newsletter button. I send out information once a month. If everything is working properly, and the gremlins that haunt computers are latent, you should get a free chapter of a book when you join.
About Emma Dakin
Emma Dakin lives in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. She has over twenty-five trade published books of mystery and adventure for teens and middle-grade children and non-fiction for teens and adults. Her love of the British countryside and villages and her addiction to cozy mysteries now keep her writing about characters who live and work in those villages. She introduces readers to the problems that disturb that idyllic setting.
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