The Last Party is your first detective series. What inspired you to start a detective series?
I never planned to write a series - it just sort of happened. Series fiction requires two things: a strong central character, complex and compelling enough for readers to return to, and a world that can play host to multiple stories. When DC Ffion Morgan walked onto my screen, I knew she’d need more than one book, and as the neighbourhood around Llyn Drych began to take shape, I realised I was embarking on a series.
Tell us about the main character, DC Ffion Morgan. Was she based on anyone you know?
I was a police officer for twelve years, but I never worked with anyone quite like Ffion! She’s spiky and unfiltered, a nightmare to work with and pretty hard work to live with, too. But she’s fiercely loyal and a good detective, and she works well with Leo Brady, who is much more measured and far less impetuous.
What can readers expect to feel while reading The Last Party?
Readers can look forward to the twists and turns they’ll expect from one of my books, as well as a strong sense of place. The fictional lake of Llyn Drych (Mirror Lake) is positioned on the border between England and Wales, in Snowdonia, North Wales. It’s where I live, and I hope readers will be inspired to visit. Armchair detectives will be able to try their hand at solving the mystery at the heart of The Last Party, which features a murder method I’m particularly proud of!
Have you ever felt like killing someone at a party?
I might be a crime writer, but my murderous tendencies are pretty well contained, fortunately. I love parties, but I’d always rather be a host than a guest. I like to flit in and out of conversations, observing more than taking part. Give me a tray of canapés to hand around and I’m happy.
What are you currently reading that you’d like to recommend to Bookshop.org readers?
I’ve recently finished Bobby Palmer’s Isaac and the Egg, which is one of the most exceptional books I’ve ever read. A future classic.