When they hear about my murder books, people sometimes say, ‘Why is it women love writing about murder?’
Local history publishers tend to plan their titles in series and these are then taken up by regional authors. The Murder and Crime books were simply part of a series currently underway, so I was invited to write for Kent.I started off with Murder & Crime – Dover then it was Murder & Crime – Medway. The format was the same for both, the emphasis a little different. Dover lent itself to amazing stories of smuggling, wrecking and press-gangs while the Medway book focuses on the area’s military past, dockyard crime and the awful and fascinating history of the prison ships which lay in the Medway estuary. Both books cover crimes from murder to immorality, sheepstealing, highway robbery and drunkenness.