Diss to feature in new murder mystery novel
PUBLISHED: 09:59 20 September 2018
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An author who spent 12 years of her life in Norfolk and who has set part of her first murder mystery novel in Diss, is to visit the town for a special talk.
Caroline Gilfillan, who used to live in Fakenham and taught creative writing at the UEA, will be launching the book at a Meet the Author event at designermakers21, on St Nicholas Street, on October 5.
The novel titled The Terrace is based in a fictional town but part of it is also set in Diss and an important character in the plot works in the town.
She said: “I really started writing it for fun but I’ve always wanted to write this sort of book. I started writing it when I still lived in Norfolk and it is the first novel I’ve published.
“I’ve always written poems and short stories but these ‘whodunnit’ books have always been a big interest of mine so I had to write one.”
The book’s protagonist is disgraced journalist Rags Whistledown, who lands on her dad’s doorstep in North Norfolk with just her suitcase, guitar and debts for company.
But a chance encounter draws her into a murder mystery she must solve. Does she succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
She added: “The disgraced journalist has fallen on hard times but she gets drawn into solving this mystery when she returns.
“It will be published on October 1 and you can buy it both as an actual book and also on a Kindle.”
Although her first novel is yet to be released, work has already started on the next novel based also around the life of Rags Whistledown.
“This is the first of a series of books” she added. “I’m already working on the second one which is called ‘The Theatre’. It will be based in Norfolk again and it will be about a small theatre.”
Ms Gilfillan has also had four collections of poetry published and has won several national short story competitions.
At the event she will talk about how she came to write the book, and read short extracts. She’ll also talk about how and why she decided to found her own small publishing house, Cowslip Press.
Paperback copies of the book will be on sale at the event for details visit designermakers21