Marissa de Luna is an author with a passion for travel and adventure. Marissa grew up in Goa before she moved to Oxford where she now lives.
But her time spent in Goa has always been an inspiration to her. On a recent trip there, in awe of the tranquility and charm of the rural villages, she conceived the idea of Detective Chupplejeep.
Jackpot Jetty is the third book in the Chupplejeep mystery series set in rural Goa, although Marissa is the author of six books.
When I returned to England I started working full time, but once you start writing it’s difficult to stop and so I wrote when I could – snatching an hour here and there to get my thoughts down. It was tough but I was
determined, and it set the tone for what soon became a lifestyle for me. I have never looked back.
There is of course poverty and some corruption as there is in most developing countries. In India there is a law that police cannot take a confession from a perpetrator because of the history of police beating confessions out of a person. So any admission of guilt needs to be done through the legal system. Someone who may confess at the scene of the crime will have a chance to change their mind later, with justifiable cause. The police are already starting on the back foot! In saying that the Chupplejeep novels are works of fiction and there are many officers within the Indian and Goan state police force who work relentlessly to bring justice. Chupplejeep’s world dramatizes some negative aspects of the police force in India to create tension.
Chupplejeep Mystery Series
Under the Coconut Tree
The Body on the Bath
Jackpot Jetty (2018)