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John Meredith & Patsy Hodge are excellent detectives, but often secretive and conflicted in both their working and personal relationship. However, nothing gets in the way of them solving a case.
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Misplaced Loyalty – Assisted suicide or euthanasia? Meredith calls it murder!
Ill Conceived – Why is an apparently innocent young woman prime suspect in a motiveless, senseless murder?
The Wrong Shoes – Why did a pair of shoes set off a string of murders and a kidnapping?
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Excerpt from Misplaced Loyalty:
Patsy followed as Meredith strode up the path, stepping to one side as a young man, dressed in a blue coverall suit, came out of the house. He paused to look at her.
“Hello, you’re new,” he observed, “nice to meet you. I’m Frankie, Frankie Callaghan.” He held out his hand. Shaking it, Patsy smiled warmly, but Meredith called her before she had time to respond.
“Come on Hodge, we haven’t got time for flirting.” Meredith turned to face Frankie. “And you probably have blood to process or something. Get on with it!” he snapped as he stepped over the threshold. Patsy gave Frankie an apologetic shrug.
As they walked into the hall, they became aware of sobbing coming from behind the door to their left. A head appeared over the banister above them and a deep well-spoken voice exclaimed, “At last, I thought you were never coming. We’ve just about finished here, but I wanted a word before we moved the body.” The man lowered his voice as he ended the sentence, and nodded towards the closed door. “The mother has the note; you’ll need to see her in a moment. Come on up.”
The face disappeared, and Meredith climbed the stairs two at a time, Patsy on his heels.
As they entered the bedroom, Professor Jasper James snapped his case shut, and stood to greet them. His wiry grey hair, together with the deep creases on his brow, gave away the fifty-five years that his athletic build belied. Despite his smile, Patsy thought his eyes were sad as he turned to her.
“Oh yes, you are new, and so young and so pretty.” He flashed a knowing look at Meredith. “I heard young Frankie greet you before this oaf rudely interrupted the introductions.” He stepped forward and took Patsy’s hand. “You may call me Jasper, and you are?”
“Patsy, Patsy Hodge.” Her smile was brief as she caught sight of the body of a young man on the bed behind him. He was probably aged no more than mid-twenties, and clad only in boxer shorts. Jasper James followed her gaze.
“Edward Browning. Twenty-six last week. His mother found him this morning when she returned from work. He has a brain tumour the size of an egg, and decided to end it all by taking an overdose of morphine.” He pointed to a syringe and some empty phials, arranged neatly on a tissue on the bedside cabinet. “As mentioned, the mother has the note. She wouldn’t let us take it.”
“A suicide then? So why call me out? You don’t need a DI for this.” Meredith making no attempt to hide his irritation as he looked around the neat and tidy bedroom.
“Ah yes, well, that’s where young Frankie comes in. Apparently we had another, two months ago he reckons. I was on holiday at the time but he is certain about it, and as I trust his judgement I thought you would want to be in on it at this stage.”
“Another what, suicide? Now why would your over-excitable colleague believe that I would be interested in a couple of suicides?” Meredith rubbed his hands wearily over his face, and then pinched the bridge of his nose before allowing his thumb and forefinger to travel up and down its length. “Bloody amateur, he should stick to what he knows. You can tell him that from me, I have better things to do with -”
Meredith was interrupted by Jasper James, who waved a finger at him and exclaimed, “Ha! Well, that’s it you see. Young Frankie was sticking to what he knows. He took the photographs on the last case, and apparently the apparatus,” he paused to jerk his head toward the bedside cabinet, “was laid out in an identical fashion. This indicated that this may be an assisted suicide at the very least. He’s gone to dig out the other photos for you.” James bent to pick up his bag. “That’s me done. I’ll send the boys up to get the body, and leave you to it.”
About the Author:
Having worked in the property industry for most of her adult life, latterly at a senior level for a corporate agency, Marcia finally escaped in 2010. Whilst she still works as a consultant for several independent agencies, she can now dedicate the bulk of her time to writing and of course reading.
Marcia has enjoyed writing for many years but only for pleasure and friends or family. Her first novel Murderous Mishaps is a farcical whodunit set in her favourite hotel in Cornwall, although she did of course change the name so as not to tarnish their reputation. Marcia wrote Murderous Mishaps for a friend, who after regaling her with all the latest gossip said ‘they wouldn’t believe you if you wrote it down.’ So she did. All based on true stories but totally exaggerated of course. Murderous Mishaps is available on Amazon.
Misplaced Loyalty was her debut novel in published format, and introduced the popular DCI John Meredith and Patsy Hodge, in the Meredith & Hodge crime series. There are now seven books in the series. Marcia has recently released the prequel to the Meredith & Hodge series, The Making of Meredith.
Marcia is married with two children, three dogs, and lives in Bristol UK.
Marcia can be contacted at
Twitter @MarciaKimTurner or on Facebook http://on.fb.me/SCeIqZ
How many books do you currently have published? I currently have ten novels published, six in the Meredith & Hodge series, The Making of Meredith, which is the prequel to the series and three stand alone novels
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Misplaced Loyalty – because that’s where I met John Meredith, and found that the plotting and planning necessary for a full length novel was something I loved to do.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I am currently working on a novel about a scriptwriter investigating the mysterious disappearance of an actress twenty years ago. The working title is Witness for Wendy
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I don’t get writers block as such, but I do get frustrated when something isn’t/hasn’t worked within the story. When that happens I go to my work in progress number two. I have so many idea’s buzzing around that there’s always something to work on. Then I go back to the main work with a fresh mind and get it sorted.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Most of them, I don’t make meticulous plans or notes for any novel, I take the nub of an idea, sketch out the main characters, and think I know what ending I’m aiming for. However, I rarely reach that ending, because the characters don’t do what I thought the might.
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Meredith will always be my absolute favourite, I would love to know him, particularly if I were a few years younger! But, Meredith aside, it would have to be Peggy Greene, a bag lady in Tin Soldiers.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? Meredith dealing with his ex sitting at his kitchen table with Peggy Greene, and the resultant conversation and fall out.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Do your homework on all things publishing, watch the podcasts, join the author groups and find out what happens once you’ve finished writing – I didn’t have a clue – it’s a time consuming minefield. The writing is the easy part!
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Misplaced Loyalty, the first in the Meredith & Hodge Series. Getting to know Meredith & Hodge is an exciting ride, just when you think you know what will happen next, WHAM – wrong again.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? There are too many favourites, but books that make me cry always stick with me, so Grisham’s A Time To Kill, will always be near the top of the list, and Erich Segal’s Love Story, which I read as a fourteen year old always springs to mind.
What about television shows? Movies? Television shows are mainly Cop/Detective/Thriller series: Any based on Lynda La Plante’s work. Luther, Morse, Waking the Dead, Line of Duty the list is endless. I am also partial to a good costume drama – the BBC are particularly good at those.
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow. Set in the fifties in the north of the UK, it follows the growth and ultimately death of a relationship between a young couple. It was exciting, and depressing, and very sad. I was thirteen and still viewed love and romance through rose tinted glasses. It made me realise that not everything has a happy ending, and that it was okay to write sad stories.
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? ” Give me five more minutes, he’s just found the body!”