I am pleased to welcome Lesley Cookman, best selling author of the Libby Sargeant Mysteries.
First, thank you, Victoria, for inviting me to your blog. Romantic suspense was one of my first loves after Golden Age Crime Fiction, and I cut my teeth on the wonderful Mary Stewart’s books, the same genre into which at least some of yours fall.
But crime always came first. It started, I suppose with a love of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, followed by the Secret Seven and the Adventure series, but the Famous Five were my favourites. In fact, one of my favourite ever reviews was that all you had to do was substitute lashings of ginger beer for G and Ts, and you’d have an Enid Blyton. It wasn’t meant to be complimentary, but it was to me!
Having said that, these days my books seem to be read by people who also read Lilian Harry’s Burracombe series and Rebecca Shaw’s Turnham Malpas series, and for the same reasons. The characters’ stories are continued in each successive book, and readers invest in them. Comments we all receive are “It’s like meeting old friends.” In my books, there is usually a murder, the investigation of which gives a hook to hang the story on and a shape to the story itself.