Heroine Interview from Murder in Time by Veronica Heley with a Giveaway

» Posted on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog | 6 comments

This week I’m hosting Vickie McDonough with Song of the Prairie (US and Canada only) and Veronica Heley with Murder in Time (ebook copy only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Aug. 31st) evening.

Murder in Time cover (new)Heroine Interview from Murder in Time by Veronica Heley:

l. Ellie Quicke is a 60-ish housewife whose second marriage is highly successful, and who spends her time looking after other people and fending off the attentions of her greedy, ambitious daughter, Diana. Ellie has no great opinion of her own ability but has a knack of getting people to tell her things, which enables her, occasionally, to sort out problems – including murder – in the neighbourhood.

2. She gardens for fun, and allows herself a slice of carrot cake. And a good gossip which she feels is essential for prayer purposes.

3. She feels she is hopeless at all sorts of technical problems, such as what to do if her computer misbehaves, or she’s faced with a complicated balance sheet. But she now has enough confidence to ask other people to help her sort these things out for her.

4. She can’t allow herself to look forward too much. She knows that one of her oldest friends, Rose, who is supposed to be acting as her housekeeper, is gradually failing, and she knows that soon she’s going to have to get someone living in to look after her.

5. Above all, Ellie wants to be useful.

6. The most important thing about Ellie, as her husband says, is that she is the modern-day equivalent of a soldier for Christ, righting wrongs wherever she can, taking knocks when necessary, but always doing her best to make other people’s lives easier . . . and to see that her dear husband doesn’t kill himself with overwork or eating the wrong food.

7. Ellie reads the local paper, which is a great source of information about the neighbourhood. She does belong to the library and takes books out occasionally: usually light reads, such as Maeve Binchy and Alexander McColl Smith.

8. She’d have a svelte figure and be at least four inches taller. Ah well . . .

9. The marauding ginger tom called Midge took up his residence at her house. He tolerates her and she tries not to spoil him. He can be a great companion but strictly on his own terms. 

10. She’d quite like to know what her father and grandfathers did during the two World Wars. They never spoke of it, and as a child she didn’t know enough about it to ask them. Now they’re gone and she wishes she knew more about them. But she isn’t curious enough to do any research – there’s too much going on in her life to waste time looking back.

 

6 Comments

  1. A great interview. I think we all want to be useful.

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  2. thanks for the chance to read this mystery, Margaret 🙂

  3. Fun hobby

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  4. Ellie sounds like a very special lady and someone I would like to get to know a little better. Besides, I love reading about and trying to solve neighborhood and library found murders!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Murder in Time!

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    • Thanks, Kristen. Yes, Ellie is a very special lady with a great heart. I think they used to call these Agatha Christie type books CLUEDO, because they are all about who did what, to whom, and where. I call them Cluedo Grown Up, because there’s more characterisation allowed.
      All the best, Veronica Heley.

  5. I am intrigued by this one! Thank you, Margaret, for the giveaway!

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