Olivia Denis is a contented young wife with a carefree life in late 1930’s London. Then her world is shattered with the violent death of her husband, Reggie. The police want to call it a suicide and close the case, but Olivia knows Reggie couldn’t possibly have fired the fatal shot.
Further mysteries surface surrounding her husband’s death. Did the trustworthy Foreign Office employee betray government secrets? Was his murder linked to the death of a German embassy clerk the same night? And who searched their flat?
Her desire for answers and her need to support herself cause her to break away from the pampered life she’s known and take a job. But with the much-needed paycheck as a society reporter for a newspaper comes a secret secondary assignment—one that involves her in the increasingly dangerous world of European politics as the continent slides toward war.
This book has got charm and class, it is refreshing and keeps you wanting more when you are done.Get swept away to the 1930's London era with Kate Parker's Brilliantly written novel, with a fresh cast of characters that will win you over and a story line so intense will be captivated from the first page.I love the details of London and the atmosphere I am looking forward to what Olivia will find herself into next.
The inspiration for Olivia Denis
The main character of my Deadly Series, Olivia Denis, was originally inspired by Brenda Starr. When I was little, I saw a comic strip in the newspapers from the fifties and sixties called Brenda Starr, Star Reporter. As drawn, she was a leggy redhead wearing pencil thin skirts and four inch heels. Everyone fell over themselves giving her the exclusive. I wanted to be her when I grew up.
My father was an editor. A less fashion-conscious man you can’t imagine, and he was very hard working. I was made to understand that I would not be a reporter when I grew up, and obedient child that I was, I gave up that dream. For myself.
He was right. I’d have made a terrible reporter. I’m shy. I take people at face value. But writing fiction, particularly mystery fiction, is an entirely different story, pun intended. (I can hear the groans from here.)
As I began to create the heroine for my new series, I thought back to Brenda Starr. She would be slender and young like Brenda, although she’d have my auburn hair rather than the bright red of the newspapers. She would become a reporter early on, but since she was in 1930’s London, she would be a women’s features reporter.
I spent time in the British Library finding out what sort of stories Olivia would work on and where they would appear. The newspapers from that time that I checked, London dailies with a wide circulation, didn’t put the women’s features on any one page. They were fitted in wherever in each day’s edition and many didn’t include by-lines.
Brenda Starr’s stories always landed on page one with a by-line. I decided that not having a by-line would be okay with Olivia, because she is going to have a secondary assignment from the owner of the newspaper. An assignment where she needs to be anonymous.
To find out about Olivia’s first adventure wrapped around a traditional mystery, please read Deadly Scandal.
Kate Parker has been previously published in the ongoing Victorian Bookshop Mysteries and in the Christmas Revels anthologies. She can be reached at www.KateParkerbooks.com
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