Many thanks to guest moderator Gail Graziani for leading this discussion and providing this summary!
The group’s comments:
- Max was an unusual character.
- The book was funny and light – I liked the description of Wanda’s living room with as many patterns as possible.
- The names of the villages were great.
- Appreciated the list of characters and the map.
- I had no inkling of who did it.
- The book was a fun change of pace.
- It reminded me of Murder She Wrote and of Midsomer Murders.
- It’s funny that there were no murders in the village until Max arrived.
Notes from our conversation with Gin:
- She began writing this series when her prior publisher went out of business and she was asked about other story ideas by her new publisher.
- The idea of the village came first and was based on Agatha Christie. The vicar’s character is based on an acquaintance with a similar background.
- The village names were based on real places, and she thought “Monkslip” was a good name for the village of a vicar.
- Her favorite character is Suzanna – sister of the doctor – because she has no filters and says whatever she likes. She’s a brash person in the wrong setting.
- Gin doesn’t plot out every character – she gets an overall feel for the murder and an outline of events and then jumps around from section to section. She works in a home office from about 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Gin generally can name her books as she likes – a few times editors wanted changes.
- She has just read The Witch Elm and is a big fan of Tana French.
- She has had some interest from Hollywood about possibly turning the series into a show, but it is not at all a certainty.
- Currently, Gin is writing a standalone that has some mystery elements, but is also a comedy of errors.
- There may be one final Max book, but that is also not determined yet.
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