It’s my stop on the #blogtour for Deadly Dance by Hilary Bonner today, and I am thrilled to be sharing a blogpost written by the author herself, with you!
This compelling novel of psychological suspense is the first in an intriguing new series featuring Bristol detective, DI David Vogel.
DI David Vogel is first on the scene when Melanie Cooke’s bruised and strangled body is discovered in Bristol’s red-light district. The evidence points to Melanie’s father being the killer, but Vogel’s on edge. The quick arrest is too easy, too straightforward.
When two new murders are reported, Vogel’s team broaden the search: new evidence suggests that there are three different, disturbed criminals. Any one of them could have killed Melanie, but which one did? Vogel’s team inch towards the answer, never suspecting that the killer is watching them too, waiting for his moment to strike.
Written by Hilary Bonner
Ideas – and where they come from
I was given the idea for Deadly Dance by my chum Chris, over dinner in our favourite restaurant. As he spoke the hairs on the back of my neck began to stand up. I just knew this was a book I had to write, and I started later that night.
The story begins like many other crime novels. But, after being called to the scene of a diabolical murder, my new series detective, DI David Vogel, finds himself tracking an invisible man. In this book nothing is as it seems..
I reckon the concept of Deadly Dance is the most chilling, the most original, and certainly the most complex, I have ever attempted. I have chum Chris to thank for it entirely. And this is the only time I have ever been given an idea in this way by a third party.
More usually my books are inspired by real life events, sometimes just a news item I have encountered, and sometimes a first-hand experience.
Most disturbingly of all, in the 1980s I lived by the river in West London next door to a real life murderer. I didn’t know it at the time, but John Allen, then my friend as well as my neighbour, was in 2003 found guilty of the murder of his wife and two children 27 years previously. And his story became the inspiration behind my novel When The Dead Cry Out
No Reason to Die, probably the most controversial of my books, wasinspired by the notorious series of unexplained deaths at Deepcut Barracks and elsewhere within the British Army. The families of several of the dead soldiers kindly placed their trust in me and worked with me in order to produce a complex conspiracy theory which, while presented as fiction, some of them believed might have come uncannily close to the truth. The Times described me as ‘keeping on the public agenda the stories our masters would prefer buried.’ As a former Fleet Street journalist I was deeply flattered.
Death Comes First was inspired by a the tragic death of my nephew Adam Broadbent at the age of 43. In the book the central character receives a letter from her dead husband, written just a few days before he was lost at sea. This throws her entire life into disarray, and sets in motion a catastrophic sequence of events. My partner Amanda and I received a letter from Adam after his death, written just before he died and posted on to us by his wife. It was addressed ‘to my two dotty aunts.’ There were no catastrophic consequences, but neither of us will ever forget that letter and the impact it had on us.
One way and another, I never really find ideas a problem. They seem to present themselves. After all, they are all around us. Within our families, our friendships, our day to day encounters with strangers, and all over the media, in newspapers, on TV, and, of course, on line.
It’s making ideas work throughout the long winding course of a novel that is difficult – and it never gets any easier!
What a fascinating insight into the mind of an author! Deadly Dance is out now in paperback and you can buy it here
My thanks go to Jamie Norman and Blackthorn Books for the invitation to the tour and my gorgeous finished copy. Thank you also to Hilary for writing a piece for my blog!! If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).
Until next time!