Welcome to day 24 of the #MysteryNovember Book Tour
Our guest today is author CJ Browne and her book Revenge Ritual
When high-flying criminologist Kate Trevelyan is seconded to the Jurassic Coast to research the growing hostility against migrant workers, she has no idea that someone is studying her every move. Or that her investigation into her father’s death will reveal a family secret – with horrifying consequences.
Where is your home town?
In Devon. I moved there from the city after taking a sabbatical from my job as a Home Office Adviser to go travelling and decided I wanted to live near the sea. It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a fabulous place to live and inspires my writing.
What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?
I’ve always loved making discoveries and finding out that things aren’t always what they seem. So it is brilliant to be able to make this happen on the page, to follow my characters as they work out how to sort out the problems I invent for them. I live quite close to Greenway, the holiday home of the queen of the mystery genre, Agatha Christie.
What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?
Female Private Detective. It’s what criminologist Dr Kate Trevelyan has to become in Revenge Ritual. She’s used to working out academic theories about why crimes happen to other people but it gets personal when her father is murdered.
Where is your book set?
In Devon around where I live. The plot centres on the fictitious New Town development of Ladram Heights but has repercussions throughout the Regency seaside town of Sidmouth and the villages along the Jurassic Coast.
Can you introduce us to the main characters?
When things start to unravel for Kate she is befriended by two very different characters:Migrant teenager Micki Hamereski is desperate to go home to Poland and escape the daily taunts and bullying he gets at school. He misses his mother who recently died of cancer and is trying to be brave. He’s angry with his construction worker father for forcing him to come to England, and joins a gang and starts stealing to get back at him.Elaine Pierce is the glamorous entrepreneur behind the New Town development. Charming, rich and successful she invests as much in her charities as she does in her businesses. A skilled player in the world of politics, big business, risk taking and hiding her motives, she champions Kate’s work and offers a sympathetic ear when everything starts to go wrong.
Kate Trevelyan is a head strong high-flying career woman who has just won the ‘young criminologist of the year’ award. But she’s not such a success at making friends and although she loves them, her family usually come second to her career. She’s passionate about defending the rights of the young offenders, victims of violence, immigrants or the sex workers she studies – and will fight to overturn injustice and represent their views.
Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?
I love to hear from readers and writers. They can find out more about my writing and contact me on my website www.cjbrownecrimewriter or follow me on Facebook at: https://facebook.com/cjbrownecrimewriter
Where can readers find your book?