The Purloined Poinsettia Playlist

  1. Faith’s Song – Amy Wadge
  2. O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
  3. Better Days – Dermot Kennedy
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5. Love You Right – Walk Off The Earth
  6. Deck The Halls – Pentatonix
  7. The First Noel – Pentatonix
  8. White Winter Hymnal – Pentatonix
  9. 12 Days of Christmas – Pentatonix
  10. Happy Now – Pentatonix

Things I googled for Purloined Poinsettia

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  1. Dulwich Village
  2. Various stairwells in the tube stations in and around Covent Garden
  3. How fire spreads
  4. Seeds to plant in winter
  5. Winter storms in Cornwall
  6. Covent Gardens flats.
  7. Travel routes/times between Dulwich and Polperro
  8. Unique manners of death
  9. Serial Killers and why they keep trophies
  10. Best cat treats

An Introduction to Dempsey

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We meet Wayne Dankworth in book two of Motts’s series. He’s a ‘fancy London detective’ who works cold cases and has been looking into her childhood friend’s murder. He develops a soft spot for Motts. We see a lot more of him in Purloined Poinsettia.

So here are a few things about him.

  1. A definitely silver fox.
  2. He was very loosely inspired, at least visually, by the character Deacon on SWAT.
  3. Enjoys solving cold cases.
  4. A cat person.
  5. Cares greatly about the detectives under his command.
  6. Has a soft spot for Motts (and went out of his way to educate himself about autism and neurodivergence.)
  7. Highly educated.
  8. Enjoys a good sandwich.
  9. Finds the ocean peaceful.
  10. Relaxes by looking into historical cold cases.

5 Things Osian & Dannel Shouldn’t Have Done

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  1. According to detective inspector Haider Khan? Intrdue on his crime scene.
  2. Walk straight into danger.
  3. Attempt to question a murderer (see #1 + 2)
  4. Underestimate the power of lust and love.
  5. Eaten an entire pizza at three in the morning.

The Most Difficult Parts….

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..of writing Crown Court Killer

First?

Writing in a pandemic. Being creative during ‘interesting and traumatic’ times is difficult at best. Difficult feels like such an understatement for what writing in the past two years has been like.

Second?

Burn out. (See above) A combination of the pandemic and personal life stuff hit me really hard right about the time I began writing Crown Court Killer. It made the entire process a lot harder than usual.

Third?

A complex murder plot involving a lot more moving parts than I usually deal with.

Fourth?

Uncooperative characters who further complicated a complex plot. My characters often run amuck (amuck is such a good word.) But they definitely had mind of their own in Crown Court Killer.

Fifth?

Another story calling my name. I won’t lie; I spent a lot of the time thinking about Purloined Poinsettia, Motts’s next adventure. It’s hard to work on one mystery when another is loudly screaming at your muse.

Things I googled for Crown Court Killer

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  1. What does the Old Vic look like?
  2. The UK Judicial System (very dry reading)
  3. Can you strangle someone with a tie?
  4. How well do CCTV cameras see at night?
  5. London Weddings
  6. Head injuries
  7. Posh names
  8. Unique manners of death
  9. Serial Killers and why they keep trophies
  10. Greeks. Romans. Togas. Himations.

Crown Court Killer Playlist

  1. Hurt Somebody – Noah Kahan
  2. Carried Me With You – Brandi Carlile
  3. Almost – Hozier
  4. Remember to Forget – Passenger
  5. Gloria – The Lumineers
  6. Yours in the Morning – Patrick Droney
  7. Listen to the Man – George Ezra
  8. Wild Love – James Bay
  9. Come Home to Me – LEON
  10. Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamies Lawson