AtoZChallenge 2015: A is for Agatha Christie
Greetings to the first of our blog posts in honour of the A to Z Challenge 2015. Thanks to everyone who have spent months organising this fantastic yearly event where we bloggers go nuts and post 26 pieces in 30 days (we get Sundays off).
So, our theme here at Wittegen Press this year is ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE.
So without further ado, onto our first ‘why’.
The book I’m talking about today is Mouse Trap. This was one of the first books I wrote when Tash and I began publishing as Wittegen Press. It was written to request for a charity drive, but, in fact, the lovely requester left much of the development of the plot to me, so I took inspiration from the crime mysteries of the so-called Mystery Golden Age where the likes of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers had their white-tied detectives searching for murders in the English Aristocracy.
I grew up first watching and then reading the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Dorothy L Sayers. I still love them! They have a strange, very stiff-upper-lip approach to crime where solving the case is the challenge, and all of them have gorgeous Downton Abbey style settings. They are surreal and escapist, and I wanted to emulate a little of that idea in Mouse Trap.
The story is a novella, and I knew I could never get the kind of complexities that Christie inserts into her books into such a short plot, so I stepped back from murder and went for theft instead. Then I threw in a country house weekend as my setting and the characters evolved from there. Harry Moorsely, my protagonist and sleuth, a free spirit, an artist and a lesbian. Mariam DeBoer, younger, naive, and attached to a jealous boyfriend. When Lady Jane Devrill’s jewels are stolen, well, if you know your Christie, then you can guess what happens next.
Mouse Trap is very much a light-hearted tribute to those old mysteries, it does not pretend to be a full-out sleuth-fest, and it contains a steamy romance, something that Agatha might not have approved of ;). Still, I hope you enjoy it!
So, do you have a favourite murder mystery?
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Mouse Trap by Sophie Duncan
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Harry Moorsely is a noticing sort of gal.
And she has noticed Mariam DeBoer.
Visiting her God Mother, Lady Jane Devril, bright young thing, Harry, has set her sights on another guest at the weekend house party, the divinely elfin Mariam. Yet, when Lady Jane’s emeralds are stolen in the middle of the night, Harry’s eye for detail means only she sees the clues that point to an inside job. Should she believe her suspicions, or will her heart lead her to another conclusion?
Join Harry in solving the case in this entertaining, free, lesbian mystery.
WARNING: This books contains explicit adult content.
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