#TimeForCrime: getting to the darkest heart of writers and bloggers! With author Mary-Jane Riley @mrsmjriley

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  • Welcome to #TimeForCrime a new series here at Chapterinmylife.

I am inviting bloggers and authors talk about their favourite subject crime, with a set of quick-fire Q&As taking you to the dark heart of the person behind the book or the blog!

This week I am delighted to welcome author Mary-Jane Riley.

Name: Mary-Jane Riley

About you: I’m a former BBC journalist and radio show presenter. The third novel in my series featuring investigative reporter, Alex Devlin, is out as an eBook on March 16th, and paperback at the end of May. I live in rural Suffolk with my lovely husband and two dogs and all three of my novels are set in East Anglia – setting is very important to me.

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Lets delve into the darkest depths of Mary-Jane’s mind…

Why crime fiction?

Because I love it…reading it, writing it and talking about it. And I love finding out what ordinary people are capable of when they are put in extraordinary situations. I guess I’ve been reading crime fiction since, well, since I could read (though the Milly-Molly-Mandy stories aren’t really crime). I loved Enid Blyton’s stories and the various ‘groups’ (Secret Seven, Famous Five, the children of the Adventure series) who had adventures and caught the baddies. I graduated to Agatha Christie, and then devoured Margery Allingham, Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Patricia Highsmith. Then as a journalist I read the novels of and interviewed Ruth Rendell and PD James and realised I really wanted to write what the sort of books they wrote….

Favourite book you have written

My latest to be published, of course! Dark Waters, set on the Norfolk Broads comes out mid-March from Harper Collins/Killer Reads (plug over)… though I’m really enjoying what I’m writing at the moment (my fourth book!) because it’s about a….. no, I’m not going any further….

You are stranded on a desert island, you can take one book, what will it be

A notebook with an inbuilt pencil and sharpener

Do you have a kill list and who is on it?

I’m too nice for that!

Top criminal (real or fiction)

Oh, Tom Ripley from the Patricia Highsmith books… a cold-blooded psychopathic and brutal killer.  He is charming – and part of his charm is that he is clever and can outwit everyone around him. The thing is, Highsmith makes Ripley so likeable and we go so deep inside his head that we find ourselves hoping he will get away with murder. It eventually makes us feel very uncomfortable and even guilty by association. That is Highsmith’s genius. And in my head he is very handsome (I am very shallow).

Top fictional detective

Can I have Jack Reacher? I think I can….he’s a sort of detective….

Planner or pantser/organised or beautifully chaotic

Just chaotic.

Favourite method of murder

I am quite pleased with one of the methods I came up with in Dark Waters (Have I mentioned it’s out in March??)… but I can’t possibly tell you what it is, I’m afraid you will have to read the book and see if you agree with me….

Best place to dispose a body

A pig farm! An oldie but a goodie… did you know pigs can digest every part of the human body (I’m told…)?

Where can we find you? (Oh your blog details, dafty, any personal haunts send them to me privately!)

I’m on Twitter @mrsmjriley

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/maryjanerileyauthor/

Instagram  maryjanerileyauthor

And Pinterest when I get my act together…

Thank you so much for joining me Mary-Jane! And too nice, I don’t think anyone is ever “too nice” espcecially when they consider a pig farm as their dumping ground!

Why not check Mary-Jane’s books out and work out just how “nice” she is!

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