PLEASE WELCOME HELEN SMITH TO BOOKHOUNDS!
1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
I think the first book I probably read by myself would have been one of the Ladybird books that tell simple stories with pictures, but I don’t remember which one. The books I do remember reading over and over when I was young were the Flower Fairy books by Cecily M. Barker. There are beautiful watercolor pictures of flowers with a fairy assigned to each one, and a poem about the flower. You can still buy them in box sets and I have given those to friends’ babies a few times recently.
2. What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Absolute Zero Cool by Declan Burke, which came up on a lot of ‘best of 2012’ lists at the beginning of this year. I’m also reading a collection of short mysteries in an Ellery Queen Magazine anthology called Masters of Mystery. There are stories by authors including Lawrence Block, P D James and Patricia Highsmith. I’m reading a lot of crime fiction at the moment because I have the first full-length book in my Emily Castles murder mystery series, Invitation to Die, coming out later this year.
3. How does your garden grow?
It grows quite well, thank you. I live in a house in London and I have a small garden with a lawn, an apple tree, roses, honeysuckle and hydrangeas. It’s a bit unkempt at the moment. I need to get out there and tidy it up.
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
Florence Mayberry. I read a short story by her in the crime anthology I mentioned. I really enjoyed it and wondered what else she had written.
5. What makes you cringe?
Three Sisters and Showstoppers are two novella-length stories in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.
The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther. In Three Sisters, Emily goes to a party in a big house at the end of her street. She's sure she witnesses a murder, but no one will believe her. She teams up with Dr. Muriel to investigate.
In Showstoppers, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbor, Victoria. Soon she's mixed up in a blackmail plot and two deaths. Emily and Dr. Muriel team up to prevent further a massacre live on stage during the end of term show.
Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series
Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious... Helen Smith is a master story-teller.
~Socrates Book Reviews
It grips you from the very beginning.
~Babs Books Bistro
Bright, colorful and full of surprises.
~Amazon Vine Reviewer
Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.
Praise for Helen Smith
Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.
Author Helen Smith
Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She's the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.
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