To those of you who follow this blog regularly, you may recall I introduced you to a fellow indie author at the start of this year – PF Gregory.
To those of you who missed the introductions, here’s the link to that post https://coralmccallum.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/introducing-pf-gregory/
Well, Paul has been busy this year and has recently published his third crime novel, Dead In A Day. I finished reading it at the weekend and loved it!
As a fellow author, I take my hat off to crime writers who can weave such an intricate plot and keep their readers guessing. I took the opportunity to ask Paul for a little insight into the book that I could share here along with my review of the book.
“I guess the spark of inspiration came from the ‘WHAT’ would kill a person? Readers of this book – and of a certain age, will likely know a high profile murder was committed with the same WHAT in London, decades ago. I then needed an ingenious and original way for the HOW? Having devised this, I next needed to build a plot and storyline around these points.”
So, having decided the WHAT, how do you decide on the WHERE?
“In terms of setting, then – and sticking to my ‘Ten Commandments of Davieson’ I wanted another rural village setting and a handful of quintessentially English elements. We start, then, with a village Open Gardens and a good excuse to have all my list of characters in the same place together.
As a lover of real ale, I also included a real ale/homebrew and Microbrewery element – and the traditional village pub with its weekly quiz night.
Another influence was witnessing an English Civil War re-enactment at an Open Farms event with the family in 2017. I now had a nice backdrop in which to set sinister events.”
There’s a colourful cast of characters in Dead In A Day and a couple of familiar faces.
“Davieson and Kent are the key protagonists again but (with almost equal billing) so is a village gossip and stereotype nosey busybody. In some respects, this character is a little like one of my literary heroines ‘Miss Marple’ but hopefully my character comes across as a lot more annoying and somewhere between the well-intentioned Marple and the annoying deaf old lady in Fawlty Towers!
As in my previous novel there are links, over-and-above Davieson/Kent, to my other novels so we share a character and building with ‘The Evil From Among You’ as I continue to build and develop my fictional world.”
And that leaves us with the HOW and the WHO………
If you want to discover more about that then you’ll have to read Dead In A Day for yourself as you’re not getting any spoilers here.
You can pick up a copy via Amazon. I’ll even make it easy for you. Here’s the links:
Oh and as for my review of Dead In A Day….well, here it is.
Dead In A Day is PF Gregory’s third crime novel and, in my humble opinion, his best work to date.
Set in the quaint English village of Folestree Parva, PF Gregory introduces us to a colourful cast of characters. Due to the creative twists and turns of the storyline any one of them could easily have been the murderer. I particularly liked Mrs Richards, Folestree Parva’s answer to Dot Cotton.
Once again, this novel features veteran crime reporter Merv Davieson and Chief Inspector Kent. An unlikely pairing on the face of it but, in fact, a very likeable pairing. Think Watson to Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Great characters who grow stronger and more believable with every outing.
On a personal note, I do hope Phillipa Shales was not based on any romantic novelists that the author knows!
PF Gregory captures all the key elements of a great murder mystery in Dead In A Day. Like his previous two novels, Kindly Invited To Murder and The Evil From Among You, this book will keep you guessing right to the bitter end.
Already looking forward to the next one!
I’d like to thank Paul for the insights into Dead In A Day. If you want to keep up to date with Paul and his work you can find him here: