Fifth installment of the successful series of the Detectives in Yorkshire, Appointment with danger , inviting readers to get involved in the stories of the most turbulent of all the Dales of Yorkshire. Writer uk Julia Chapman has inspired her region to imagine three stories in which intertwine love, lots of sheep and smuggling. Samson and Delilah, his detectives out of the ordinary, will have his hands full!
The auctioneer Harry Furness appealed to Samson and Delilah, two detectives in Yorkshire, following a fatal accident that occurred at the fair to the cattle Brunscliffe. The case takes a turn darker when they discover that this was not accidental.
In parallel, the farmer, Clive Knowles falls in love. He neglects his sheep… and realizes that he must appeal to the detectives, because the count is not good. It is quite a steal.
For its part, the poacher Pete Ferris discovers the existence of a network of drug trafficking in the region and decided – bad idea – to do a bit of blackmail. His plan requires him to request the assistance of the detectives. When the three cases are intertwined, Samson and Delilah realize that they are at a serious risk.
A land of inspiring
Julia Chapman, a writer, prolific and often uses humour in his novels, says her daily walks in the Dales of Yorkshire inspired constantly. “It is a region of gentle hills where there are a lot of sheep and pastures separated by old stone walls. It is almost a country in itself and its history goes far back in time, well before Henry VIII.”
The people of Yorkshire, describes it brilliantly in her novels through her characters, have ways of their own. “People are very direct here : if you make a mistake, they will tell you quickly. There is a very close link with the culture of the Vikings, as they have populated the region. Many of the place names and phrases come directly from scandinavian languages and Norwegian. It is a place very inspiring.”
Julia Chapman had the idea of writing the Detectives in Yorkshire whilst on an outing the morning of the race on foot in his area. “I meant to write a thriller set in a city in the north of England… but I went back home taking notes about the landscape, the birds I had heard, the sheep. I changed my mind, and I decided to write a police investigation on a lighter note.”
New literary genre
She wanted to portray a real community facing real problems. “In the United States, we call this literary genre , cozy crime. However, there are some aspects of my books that are “comfortable”, I also mean that they are anchored in reality, and not frivolous. I want it to be realistic and show the challenges and difficulties of life in this rural area.”
She noted that the sense of humour is a character trait very present in Yorkshire. “The people are direct, and are able to see the light even in the darkest of days. I’m trying to show this in my novels. Instead of using the term” cozy crime, I tend to say that these are the novels where you see the crimes… without their side filthy.”
Julia Chapman love the character of Delilah. “It is great to not love it, even if she runs a dating agency. His stories of the heart are real disasters.”
- Born in England, Julia Chapman has taught English around the world and managed a hostel in the Pyrenees before returning to the country.
- She now lives in the Dales of Yorkshire, in the north of England. This picturesque region has inspired the series of novels The Detectives of the Yorkshire.
Editions Robert Laffont
Appointment with danger
Editions Robert Laffont
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