As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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by Friesen Press, 24 April 2017. ISBN: 978-1-46029975-3 (HB) 978-1-46029976-0 (PB)
Sally Beck was born into a working-class
family in Yorkshire.She was fortunate in
that she was able to attend an elite girl’s school paid for by her grandmother,
who died when Sally was fifteen.
London in 2015 a young woman is fatally involved in a traffic accident.Initially the incident is ascribed to either
an accident, or possibly suicide.However,
the absence of any identification results in the matter being deemed ‘a suspicious
death’ and Detective Inspector Colin McDermott is assigned to establish her
identity and trace her family, and/or next of kin.He sets his team Albert George Ridley one of
the last surviving post war bobbies on the beat from the 1950’s, and new DC
Wilhenina Quinn to discover the victim’s identity. A most unlikely coupling.
investigations lead them to St Gregory’s college, and not one identity but two!
Willy Quinn proves to be no stranger to lateral thinking and puts forward several
interesting scenarios.As the investigation
becomes centred on St Gregory’s which incidentally is Colin McDermott’s alma
mater. Further complications arise when he learns that his old Tutor and mentor
is still teaching at St Gregory’s, and his case has turned into the search for
a murderer, who strikes again.
Colin McDermott like many officers of his rank is delicately treading the minefield
of inter-office politics, and also his
complicated personal life.
is a fascinating mystery enhanced by the in-depth characterisation of the
inmates of St Gregory’s. What a motley crew!The college abounds with politics and intrigues.And of course, at the heart of the story is
the fate of Sally Beck, but by whose hand and why?
absolutely top-class whodunit.I so love
them.And despite my 60 years of reading
whodunit’s I didn’t spot the murderer. I
see that this is the first in a series and I look forward to the next. Highly
turned to writing full time, after a successful
academic career that included teaching crime fiction and creative writing..
Since then he has published nearly five hundred reviews, interviews, and
articles about crime writers, both in print and on multiple Internet sites, and
has participated in writing workshops in Britain and Canada. He has chaired or
participated in panels on crime fiction at Montreal's Bleu Metropolis literary
festival and at the Canadian crime writing festival, Bloody Words. He has twice
served on juries for the Arthur Ellis Awards for Canadian crime writing, and in
2010 he chaired the Arthur Ellis Awards. Along with such notable crime writers
as Louise Penny, Peter James, Sophie Hannah, Simon Brett, Marcia Talley and
Rhys Bowen he contributed to an anthology on the craft of crime writing titled
Now Write! Mysteries, published by Tarcher/Penguin. In 2012 he was commissioned
to write biographies for several Canadian crime writers for the Canadian
Encyclopedia, and also joined Louise Penny in co-chairing a fiction writing
workshop at the Knowlton LitFest. Legacy
is his first crime novel in the Colin McDermott Mysteries; the second, Ridley's War, is nearing completion.