Just before Christmas I signed a contract with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint for a new book, due out in September 2017. It’s not business as usual – this is more in the nature of ghostwriting. Rather literally, in a sense.
My mother, Elizabeth Edmondson, was a writer from a family of writers. In the course of her career she wrote over thirty novels in a variety of genres, under an assortment of names, with translations into over a dozen languages.
Her last two books were set in the fictional English cathedral city of Selchester during the 1950s, full of her favourite themes, notably spies, the Cold War, and the English aristocracy. A Man of Some Repute and A Question of Inheritance were hugely successful in America and acquired for translation in (to date), Spanish, Portuguese, and German. She had begun work on the third in the series when she was taken to hospital. Diagnosed with an advanced and incurable cancer, she died six days later.
She had very much hoped she’d have time to finish the book. Since she didn’t, I finished it for her. It’s written in her style, using her copious notes, a handful of draft scenes, and the outline I found on her computer.She may not have had the chance to tell the story herself, but at least it will be told.
Each book in the series is a self-contained mystery, but they’re designed to be read in order. If you’re interested, I suggest starting with A Man of Some Repute. Her website, with links to her other titles, is here.
There are some other projects bubbling away too, but I shall post about them when there’s something to announce.