And as you may know, or not, my guilty pleasure is crime fiction and I am writing a crime/detective thriller, the first novel in a series of five set in the Pacific, with Detective Inspector Louisa Townsend. And as part of my research I’m going to interview the ex-head of a murder squad. Not sure if I can give you his name but the interview is in two weeks. I’ll let you know what I find out and if it tallies with any of my internet research. Of course, policing in the Pacific will be different from policing the UK, but it will be fascinating to get inside the head of a real life detective, rather than a fictional one. Will it change my opinion of DCIs Barnaby, Frost, Jordan and Rebus, and Detective Superintendents Pullman and Boyd? As if!
Finally, I’ve just ordered a book called One Dog at A Time (by Pen Farthing) for my aunt. It’s had rave reviews and is about saving dogs in Afghanistan. From the blurb it’s a heart-rendering story and the reader gets an insight into what life is really like there. I’m going to have a wee peek, of course, before handing it on. I’ll let you know if it is all it says in the blurb.