A Cumbrian Village…
A red-hot summer…
Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?
A funny and intriguing mystery – the first in a new series by Caroline James
When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write in the morning and into the afternoon. I have an old oak desk in the corner of a lovely quiet sunny room.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Painfully so. Complete quiet please with the internet turned off. My dogs are allowed in, if they promise to behave and sleep snuggled up under the desk.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Raspberry gin works well and a tin of chocolate biscuits.
– What is your favourite book?
I love The Old Wife’s Tale by Arnold Bennett. A tale of two sisters but written by a man who completely captures their essence. It is set in the Potteries, not far from where I was born, so I guess I associate with the area. I love the historical aspect of the writing.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I switched from romantic fiction/romcom to cosy crime and would never dismiss trying another genre in future.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Sometimes perhaps, but my characters might be an amalgamation of people I’ve observed or an aspect of their character that lends itself to creating something new.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No. I should. But the voice recorder on my phone is useful.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Sorry science fiction fans but I really don’t get it. Not a genre I would spend any time with.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
If I’m going to spend all that time with a co-author it would be someone dishy and knowledgeable. A man with a tale to tell and a twinkle in his eye. Ideally, he’ll like gin and chocolate too which will help the words to flow. Richard Gere are you available?
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Good question. I’ve travelled for research in the past and I have a longing to go to Thailand. Not least because I have a good friend there but more importantly it’s on my bucket list as a tribute to my dad. He was a Far Eastern Prisoner of War, captured and enslaved on the notorious Death Railway and I want to visit The Railway Museum. There will be a great story to be written after that trip.
Thank you so much for inviting me on to your lovely blog to share in the publication of Hattie Goes to Hollywood xx
Thank you, Caroline James and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
Books by Caroline James:
Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me
Coffee Tea the Chef & Me
Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me
The Best Boomerville Hotel
Hattie Goes to Hollywood
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