Today’s guest on the Mystery November tour is Jane Isaac with her book The Truth Will Out.
1) Where is your home town?
I live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with my husband and daughter where I can often be found trudging over the fields with my dog, Bollo.
2) How long have you been writing?
On and off, all of my life, but I only discovered fiction writing in 2007. I completed my first crime thriller, An Unfamiliar Murder, in 2009 and have never looked back.
3) What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?
I have a deep fascination with the twists and turns of police procedurals and love the thrills and excitement of psychological thrillers like Before I Go To Sleep, so I try to combine both these elements into my novels.
4) Where is “The Truth Will Out” set?
Action is divided between the UK Midlands and the Scottish Highlands.
5) Can you introduce us to Eva?
Eva is a headstrong young woman who dropped out of university and is trying to pick up the threads and make something of her life. The book opens with her witnessing an attack on her best friend, Naomi, over Skype. They share a secret which, fearing she might be next, prevents her from calling the police. Instead she calls an ambulance and flees to the Scottish Highlands where we watch her story unfold.
6) Tell us about her friend Naomi.
Naomi and Eva were childhood friends. What Eva doesn’t realise when she leaves is that Naomi was not only attacked, but also murdered. Naomi is a nice girl from a good family who got mixed up in something she shouldn’t have. Something which brought about her downfall and continues to threaten those close to her.
7) Who is running the investigation? Does she already know Eva?
Detective Inspector Helen Lavery investigates the murder of Naomi Spence. Initially she has no knowledge of Eva, although it isn’t long before they become acquainted.
8) What made Helen choose to be in the police force? Does it have a link to this case?
Helen is a widow, battling the demands of singlehandedly raising teenage sons while managing the murder squad. She followed in her late father’s footsteps to join the police force and, with the aid of the accelerated promotion scheme, moved through the ranks quickly to the role of DCI. But Helen isn’t interested in targets and management meetings. Managing murder investigations, catching the really bad guys was all she ever wanted to do; something which occasionally leads her to adopt unorthodox methods in order to track down a killer. In The Truth Will Out she pushes herself to the limit and eventually brings the threat of murder to her own door. Let me share my blurb with you:
“Everything’s going to be okay.”
“What if it’s not?” Suddenly, she turned. For a split second she halted, her head inclined.
“Naomi, what is it?”
She whisked back to face Eva. “There’s somebody in the house… ”
Eva is horrified when she witnesses an attack on her best friend. She calls an ambulance and forces herself to flee Hampton, fearing for her own safety. DCI Helen Lavery leads the investigation into the murder. With no leads, no further witnesses and no sign of forced entry, the murder enquiry begins.
Slowly, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. But as Helen inches towards solving the case, her past becomes caught up in her present.
Someone is after them both. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what they want. And as the net starts to close around them, can Helen escape her own demons as well as helping Eva to escape hers?
9) Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
I am currently preparing my latest book, a crime thriller called Before It’s Too Late, set in the very picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon, for publication next July.
10) Where can readers find out more about you?
I love to hear from readers and writers. Give me a shout at my website www.janeisaac.co.uk .