I was born in Boston (the town in Lincolnshire, UK, not the USA version) and grew up around the UK Midlands. In 2011 I moved to Dublin, Ireland and have been living here ever since. I currently work for Google (their European headquarters is based here) and write in my free time.
|Alan Davies & Caroline Quentin
in BBC's Jonathan Creek
|Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk
It didn't take long to find a treasure trove of stories I could use as inspiration. While the selection of relevant TV shows was limited, there was an entire sub-genre of literature that I had been completely oblivious to. From the late 1800's all the way through to the modern day authors had been coming up with these types of mysteries, many of which had been the original influence for David Renwick's Jonathan Creek concepts.
I found that there were two distinct formats of locked room mysteries. The first, short fiction, usually involved a recurring detective that investigated a new standalone case in each story. They generally lasted about 30-50 pages and concerned a single primary puzzle, the solution to which was explained in the final few pages. The second format - novels - were fully fledged books devoted to a single case. They often featured a number of concurrent mysteries, and again wrapped everything up in the closing chapters. The Locked Room is my attempt to amalgamate these two structures. Each chapter features its own impossible crime, and also contributes to the wider narrative that continues throughout the book.
I'll be posting the early chapters of the book to this site as I go. In the mean time I'll be uploading other stories that are available online for free, some thoughts on the genre, and whatever other tangents spark my interest.
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