Message From The Author

Author's Message

I’m calling my latest series my Regency version of a Missing Persons Agency, and yes, I know there wasn’t any such thing back then. But there were investigators and Bow Street Runners. People did go missing, and surely other people did go look for them. So I figure it’s not that much of a stretch.

Still, why would I write such an atypical sort of Regency series? Because in my other life, I adore police procedurals and any show involving special investigators. I was a big fan of Without a Trace, which actually was a show about a Missing Persons Bureau. I also loved Cold Case and all the Law and Order’s, and I presently watch Castle, White Collar, Bones, Rizzoli and Isles, Law and Order: SVU, The Mentalist, and Criminal Minds. In fact, other than a couple of comedies, some antique shows, and True Blood, the only shows I watch are crime dramas.

True story: I had a dream one night about killers coming after me that was so real I woke up in a cold sweat. I turned to my husband, who happened to be awake and who often analyzes my dreams very accurately. I recited the dream with all its ins and outs and asked him, “What do you think it means?” Instead of his usual insightful perspective on my twisted psyche, his answer was swift and terse—“It means you watch too many damned crime shows.”

Yes, apparently I do. I have a thing for detectives. I’m not sure why. I’ve only met a couple in my life, and I’ve certainly never been involved in any sort crime detection, much as it fascinates me. I just like the idea of using research to make sense of chaotic human behavior, which is pretty much all that detectives do. They research the crime scene, the MO, the perpetrator’s past (if they have one), and then they present an answer.

Writers of any kind do pretty much the same thing, so it’s fitting that I enjoy watching a more active visceral kind of detection. And putting it in a book? Well, that’s the best of both worlds! I do love having my cake and eating it, too.

What about you—do you “watch too many damned crime shows”? Do you like mysteries in your historicals? Do you read mysteries or suspense?


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