The Big Thrill Discusses DEATH TAKES A FALL with Sharon Lynn
When Maddie McGuire finds herself tumbling over a cliff while hiking The Cotswold Way, she uncovers much more than ancient woods. Terrified by her shocking discovery, she returns to the safety of her international internship at the Roman Baths only to find competition in the form of the tittering, aristocratic Gwendolyn De Valence, who has captured the attention of everyone Maddie hopes to impress. Turning to her boyfriend Constable Edward Bailey, only reveals dark secrets about his past, leading her down a dangerous path which, this time, she may be unable to escape.
Author Sharon Lynn recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss her second Cotswold Crimes Mystery, DEATH TAKES A FALL.
Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book
The inspiration for A Cotswold Crimes Mystery series came from the desire to write a mystery someplace exotic, and as I was lucky enough to live in Bath England as a teen, it seemed the perfect location. The 19 year old protagonist is drawn from my daughter who is independent, brave, brilliant, and occasionally, irresponsible.
DEATH TAKES A FALL, book two in the series was formulated while entertaining on a warm summer’s afternoon. A friend had just gotten a new job at a wonderful non-profit and I thought, “How could that be used for evil?”
When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?
My main character, Maddie McGuire, is a 19 year old American on an international internship at the Roman Baths in England. Most amateur sleuths are more mature, but I wanted teens and twenty-somethings to have someone they could relate to. She is also appealing to parents (although she tends to drive dads a little crazy), or anyone who remembers being that age.
In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?
Maddie matures over the course of this story, learning to allow herself to trust others. Having a support system, especially if you’re away from home, is vital at any age.
What can you share about what you’re working on next?
I am currently writing book three in the series, Death Plays With Fire which finds Maddie deep in the Cotswolds at the Chedworth Roman Villa, plagued by uppity druids. I have just signed a contract to extend the series to six books, so Maddie will have many adventures to come!
Raised in Arizona, author Sharon Lynn developed a profound connection to the English countryside during her teenage years in England, a bond that has only strengthened with her frequent returns. This affection vividly colors the pages of her Cotswold Crimes Mystery series. As a professor of theater, film, and writing, she coaches and mentors aspiring artists. Her short stories can be found in anthologies from Malice Domestic and Desert Sleuths. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Blackbird Writers.
To learn more about the author, please visit her www.sharonlwrites.com.
DEATH TAKES A FALL with SHARON LYNN