The River Blackwater sets the scene for Dunmow author's new thriller

The River Blackwatersets the scene for Dunmow author's new thriller

The River Blackwatersets the scene for Dunmow author's new thriller

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The River Blackwater provides the setting for a new thriller.

Katherine Pathak’s latest novel, Lawful Death, is the third in her series of Imogen and Hugh Croft Mysteries Series.

It explores the impact of a fatal shooting during a burglary in the fictional hamlet of Cooper’s End, which lies between Maldon and Mundon and is close to the banks of the Blackwater.

When a young man is shot dead during a burglary at Langley Farm, it divides the local community.

Having just published his latest book on post traumatic stress disorder, Professor Hugh Croft agrees to assist Thomas Langley’s beleaguered defence team as an expert witness. As Hugh begins to interview Langley, he discovers the old man - a former soldier - is not quite what he expected.

While Hugh and his wife Imogen are struggling to deal with problems within their own family, they find themselves drawn into a multi-layered web of lies and retribution, resulting in a race against time to protect the people they love the most.

Katherine’s two previous novels, Aoife’s Chariot and The Only Survivor, both feature Essex in their storylines, but Lawful Death is the first to be based purely in the county.

The Dunmow author gave up her career as a history teacher to write full-time while looking after her children Shona, eight, and Jamie, six.

She thoroughly researches her books and turns to her father, Robert Currie, for valuable advice on historical and geographical accuracy.

Katherine said: “Although the internet is an excellent tool for research, I find that discussing things with my dad first, really helps me to understand them better and, in turn, makes the book more believable and true to life.

“For a few years in the mid-1980s, we had a sailing boat which was moored in Maldon in winter and Maylandsea in the summer.

“This childhood experience has been a strong influence on the plot of my latest book, but I had to rely on my dad to help me to recollect the more technical details.”

Katherine is currently working on the fourth novel in the series, The Woman Who Vanished, which is set on the east Essex coast and in Suffolk.

Find out more at amazon.co.uk/author/katherinepathak or follow her on Twitter @KatherinePathak

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7:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Holy you-know-what. It's a crying shame that the Brainless and Witless staff don't spend as much ink on their NEWS reporting which is, after all, its 'raison d'etre'.
Holy you-know-what. It's a crying shame that the Brainless and Witless staff don't spend as much ink on their NEWS reporting which is, after all, its 'raison d'etre'. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 1

9:42pm Thu 3 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Maybe it's time for a change of name.

How about the 'Braintree and Witham (Arts and Theatre) Advertiser'?

That would seem to be more appropriate in view of the 'mission creep' that has occurred since the days when it was it was a proper (British owned) newspaper.
Maybe it's time for a change of name. How about the 'Braintree and Witham (Arts and Theatre) Advertiser'? That would seem to be more appropriate in view of the 'mission creep' that has occurred since the days when it was it was a proper (British owned) newspaper. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

3:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

That was a long time ago and many, many iterations back. Interesting how the names of just a few venture capital firms keep cropping up in these stories of leveraged buyouts and how there seems ALWAYS to be American money involved. The buyout of Reed, Elsevier's involvement, Ganett ... There is a common thread!

Anyway, this current incarnation is so full of it: here's part of their "mission statement":

"Newsquest's objective is to have market-leading brands disseminating local information in a number of different and simultaneous ways, which reflect the views and aspirations of the communities they serve. Our multi-media brands must be the authoritative source of information that customers can trust; being willing to listen but not afraid to question."

That last sentence is a corker! They could be on the radio with jokes like that!
That was a long time ago and many, many iterations back. Interesting how the names of just a few venture capital firms keep cropping up in these stories of leveraged buyouts and how there seems ALWAYS to be American money involved. The buyout of Reed, Elsevier's involvement, Ganett ... There is a common thread! Anyway, this current incarnation is so full of it: here's part of their "mission statement": "Newsquest's objective is to have market-leading brands disseminating local information in a number of different and simultaneous ways, which reflect the views and aspirations of the communities they serve. Our multi-media brands must be the authoritative source of information that customers can trust; being willing to listen but not afraid to question." That last sentence is a corker! They could be on the radio with jokes like that! /@|_|@\
  • Score: 2

12:02am Sat 5 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

If you want a real laugh take a peek at the senior Reporter's Job Spec


...."responsible for writing high quality copy".....

Obviously titles must be delegated to the office tea boy (Oops, Equality act 2010 rules! - Should have said 'Tea Person' - Sorry abbartdat)

Will ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained at all times, both inside and outside the office.
If you want a real laugh take a peek at the senior Reporter's Job Spec ...."responsible for writing high quality copy"..... Obviously titles must be delegated to the office tea boy (Oops, Equality act 2010 rules! - Should have said 'Tea Person' - Sorry abbartdat) Will ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained at all times, both inside and outside the office. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

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