In Janet Brons’ first book –"A Quiet Kill" – we are introduced to Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Hay from Scotland Yard and RCMP Inspector Liz Forsyth. And now they’re back in “Not A Clue”, the newest offering from Janet due for release October 13
This time they investigate murders on two separate continents. In Ottawa, Inspector Forsyth is handed the case of a young Chechen woman’s murder, gunned down at the gates of the Russian Embassy in Ottawa. While on the other side of the Atlantic, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Hay works to unravel the puzzle behind the murder of a young Canadian woman who had been travelling alone.
Hay and Forsyth work their respective cases while trying to establish a long distance relationship. Not always easy with a five hour time difference.
Janet’s previous experience with the Foreign Service in Moscow has provided a good foundation for creating intriguing characters
This is a page turning read, with a definite Canadian flavour. Revisiting the destruction of ice storms was vividly described. And memorable characters and circumstances were deftly woven around the central protagonists.
Jamie Tremain is very pleased to highlight Janet Brons this month.
Welcome, Janet, to our blog.
An obvious first question is will there be another chance for Liz Forsyth and Stephen Hay to connect in the near future – is there a new book in the works? If so, can you tell us a little about it.
JANET: Yes, I am currently writing a third book. I’m very much enjoying writing this story, which I’ve notionally entitled “The Wrong Size”. Suffice it to say that Forsyth and Hay will find themselves in the same country this time!
Your postings with the Canadian Foreign Service took you to some truly exotic places, including Kuala Lumpur. Does any particular posting stand out more than the others and why?
JANET: They were all memorable, although in very different ways. Malaysia was indeed, as you say, exotic; I remember lovely people, intense tropical heat and colour, and phenomenal food! I was in Poland from 1989 to 1990, during which time extraordinary change took place in the former Eastern Bloc, with Warsaw at the forefront of events. Moscow was very interesting, and I was there at a challenging time, as Russia struggled during the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Empire.
Were there locations you missed out on during those years and if given a chance could go to today?
JANET: I would probably go just about anywhere, given half a chance! I would have loved to go to London; despite locating A Quiet Kill in the Canadian High Commission in London, and although several High Commission characters reappear in Not a Clue, I was never actually based there! Now that you’ve asked the question, I can’t really think of anywhere I wouldn’t want to go!
If we were to have a peek at your list of “Want to read next” what book titles would we see there?
JANET: You might be surprised to find that the books on the list are all classics that I haven’t got to yet! I haven’t yet finished reading all of Dickens – I think I have two to go and will in fact be very sorry when I’ve finished. I still have a number of Trollope novels yet to read and, despite having read all of them at least twice, I can’t get enough of Austen.
How active do you feel an author needs to be on social media such as Facebook or Twitter?
JANET: Oh boy, that’s a tricky one. I know that a lot of people are all over social media like a rash. To the dismay of my publisher, I am very uneasy with Facebook and other social media, although of course I recognize their immense value as advertising tools. I may yet be compelled to take to social media, but for the moment the most I can offer is a website!
Jamie Tremain is a collaborative writing partnership – is this anything you’ve ever considered?
JANET: Until I spoke with you two, I never even thought about such a partnership! It sounds wonderful, but I’m sure that within a week I wouldn’t even be speaking to my writing partner, let alone producing a book. I’m sure that it works wonderfully well for some people, but fear that I am not one of them!
Jamie Tremain wishes you much success in the coming days and thanks you for being our guest today.
JANET: Thank you very much – it was a pleasure!
You can learn more about Janet at her website
Books may be ordered through Amazon where Not a Clue will be available in paperback October 20 2015.
Jamie Tremain wishes all our Canadian friends and followers a very Happy Thanksgiving!
More interviews and book reviews coming up shortly - stay tuned.