A foreign embassy official warns the UK government of a bomb attack on London. Zoe Tampsin’s Lambeth Group team is launched into a race against time to find the terrorists.
As Zoe unpicks the details, she suspects the informant didn’t tell her the whole story. With time running out, her team chase a promising lead only to have it wrenched from their grasp. Either the bombers were incredibly lucky, or they received a tip-off.
One of her team infiltrates the bombers. She discovers the attack has started, and her colleague Gavin Shawlens is missing, presumed killed by the terrorists.
While searching for Gavin, a massive disaster unfolds. Can Zoe stop colossal loss of life in a small community and prevent the collapse of a key pillar of society.
When and where do you prefer to write?
When, can be anytime of the day or night if I have a scene or a conversation in my thoughts that I need to get down in writing. Where, is a spare bedroom in my house converted to a study.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
No. As a student I learned to study in a busy house with lots going on, so I can shut my environment out.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Tess Gerritsen. I love her books and they inspire me.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Either is fine with me provided the story is fiction.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Ian Fleming. I’ve read all the books. I’ve thought about the plots and characters, and I have lots of questions.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
If I’m going to be reading for a while, I prefer to stretch out on the sofa.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I enjoy walking in the hills, 60s & 70s music, and travel.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It is the end of a long journey, nearly a year. A story that has occupied and exercised my thoughts, so there is a sense of saying goodbye, and looking forward to the next adventure. By the stage of holding the new book, my mind has already started on the next story. Excitement is building. Anticipation is growing.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I always start writing a new book with an outline of the beginning and the end in place, so I know where the story is coming from and roughly where it is going. The title sometimes slots into place when I have the basic outline. Other times, the title comes out of the story when it is finished.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
Like everyone else, some images catch my eyes, while others do not. Some covers are simple but effective, some are too busy and distracting. I’ll know it when I see it.
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About the author
I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I studied biochemistry, and I’ve worked in several Scottish universities where I did research on enzymes, and taught biochemistry. After thirty years of teaching and research I retired my academic pen, and took of a mightier fiction pen.
I live in central Scotland with my wife and we enjoy reading, writing, and walking in the hills.
The Lambeth Group books follow the secret government investigations of agent Zoe Tampsin. A strong female protagonist with courage, determination, and guile. She is assisted by specialist consultant, Gavin Shawlens.