Welcome to day 28 of the #MysteryNovember book tour
Today our guest is Rose Edmunds with her book Concealment
Amy is at the top of her game as a finance professional despite a traumatic childhood. But the higher she climbs, the greater her fear of falling.
Her new boss Ed sniffs out insecurity like a shark smelling blood. He’s trashed dozens of careers on a whim and has Amy lined up as his next victim.
When a young colleague is murdered, Amy’s fragile equilibrium is shattered. A client’s fraud may be linked to the killing, but no one seems to care.
Caught in a tangle of business and personal connections, and fighting for her sanity, can Amy find the moral courage to uncover the truth?
Where is your home town?
I’m a Yorkshire woman by birth, but I left Leeds at 18 to attend the University of Sussex near Brighton. Apart from a year spent in the US, I’ve lived in Brighton ever since.
What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?
I love the intellectual challenge of fitting all the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle, making sure that there are no plot holes and that characters’ motivations are consistent and believable. It’s also fun putting in subtle clues and a few red herrings along the way. Ideally you want the reader to say ‘Aha – I knew it all along’ when all the plot strands converge at the end, but mystery readers are a savvy bunch these days, so you have to work hard to achieve that result.
What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?
Amy, the heroine of CONCEALMENT, is effectively an amateur sleuth, but there’s also an extra layer of psychological suspense due to Amy’s deteriorating mental state. The reader is never quite sure what is real and what is inside Amy’s head.
Where is your book set?
The cut-throat dog-eat-dog environment of the City – London’s financial centre
Can you introduce us to the main characters?
Amy is a high-flying finance executive, who looks to the outside world like poised professional. But underneath the veneer of confidence, she’s desperately insecure and paranoid as a result of her traumatic childhood.
Her boss, Ed, is a cynical opportunist, quick to exploit others’ weaknesses to his own ends, and smart enough to know exactly how to turn the screws without getting on the wrong side of the HR department.
Lisa is Amy’s only friend in this hostile environment, but Amy is never able to trust her fully, maybe because she senses that Lisa’s main agenda is her own advancement.
DCI Dave Carmody is in charge of investigating the murder of Amy’s young colleague Isabelle. His rootless energy leads him down several blind alleys, and his attraction to Amy is also a distraction.
Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?
Where can readers find your book?
The book is available only on Amazon http://amzn.to/1QlNNl0 (UK)
and http://amzn.to/1HGsgkb (US)