Climb on board the Mystery Tour bus and enjoy the ride.
Today our guest is Simon Cornish and his book Rosetta.
Damaged, enigmatic and beautiful, Rosetta could prove to be the key to unlocking a three-thousand-year-old mystery that would shake modern science to its roots.
With the unexpected death of his old university professor, Graham Chandlers travels to Exeter for the funeral. He is surprised to learn the professor had a daughter, Rosetta. He is even more surprised when she performs a strange ritual at the funeral service. A ritual delivered in an ancient language that only a handful of paleolinguists, Graham included, would have a hope of understanding.
Already intrigued by Rosetta, he is drawn in further when he is left the professor’s journals. Journals that hint at a cover up concerning the professor’s last dig and a mystery for which Rosetta holds the key. But the more he learns, the more fascinated he becomes with her.
A highly readable novella woven from the thread of both romance and mystery.
Where is your home town?
Ottery St. Mary, Devon, UK
What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?
I like a mystery that is not, at first, obviously so. I don’t buy into the mainstream crime fiction side, it’s the journey that gets me excited. In the case of Rosetta, it was a thrill to write a story that involved a mystery that appeared to be less and less rational the more the main protagonist learned.
What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?
It skirts romance and even speculative fiction.
Where is your book set?
Largely around Exeter, the University campus and other locations in and around the city. Also Cambridge, London and central Turkey.
Can you introduce us to the main characters?
Dr Graham Chandlers is an archaeologist at Cambridge. A man in his early thirties, who has principles when it comes to young attractive women the same age as the postgrad students he takes for seminars. A man who has travelled to some of the most fascinating ancient sites in the world and touched markings pressed into clay by hands thousands of years before. An academic at the top of his field studying ancient languages, their origins and how they would have been spoken. One of only a handful who could hope to recognise ancient Hattic were it spoken out loud.
Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?
My website: http://www.simoncornish.com
Where can readers find your book? (Currently FREE for a short time only)