Time to choose your last book
Emily Brewster is an angel. Ask anyone she reads to at the hospice. So when she’s arrested for murder, it should be easy to clear her name. There’s only one problem. She thinks she might be guilty.
But what if death isn’t The End?
“I was entranced by the story and unable to put it down” (Bookshelf Adventures blog)
“Beautifully bittersweet” (Archaeolibrarian)
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This story came out of my own love of reading and that feeling of being lost in a book.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character, Emily, is guilty of some morally decisions, and I needed her to be unusually sweet so readers would believe in her naivety. She's not unlike Jane Bennet, who continues to believe in Bingley's sisters' friendship regardless of the evidence to the contrary. A few of the people around Emily are influenced by other characters from Pride and Prejudice, though they're modern people in their own right. I hope readers have fun identifying them!
“Why don’t you just tell us what happened?” he sighed. “We’re all getting tired here.”
“I am,” she said. “I’m telling you what happened.”
She wanted to do the right thing, but it wasn’t easy.
“One more time,” said Detective Inspector Dalby. “They leave you alone with them sometimes. What then?”
“We talk,” she said. “I read if they want me to. They choose the book.”
“You’re trying to take their mind off it,” he said, nodding his understanding.
“Of course. I want to help them.”
He leant forward. “To escape the pain?”
“I suppose, in a way,” she said. “That’s only natural.”
“So, tell us how you do it.”
“There’s nothing more to tell. I just read to them,” she said.
DI Dalby sighed again. She felt bad for disappointing him. It wasn’t his fault he had a difficult job to do.
“I’m trying to help you, Emily,” he said, and shifted his gaze to the camera in the corner. “They’ll go easier on you if you cooperate.”
The other one, Police Constable Knighton, slapped his hands down with a force that took them both by surprise.
“Stop pissing about,” he said. “It’s time to start talking.”
“That’s what I have been doing,” Emily said. “I’ve been talking for hours.”
“Are you trying to be clever?” he asked.
“No,” she said. “I’m not. It’s just that …”
“You think you’re smarter than us?”
“No,” she said, and she hoped she hadn’t given that impression. “How would I even know how smart you are?”
When they didn’t reply, she filled the silence.
“I mean, I’m not saying you’re not, of course, but I don’t know you, do I? I’m sure you’re both very good at your jobs, and that must involve a lot of attention to detail, logical thinking and deduction, mustn’t it? But what do I know?”
“We will find out how you did it,” said PC Knighton.
“I didn’t do anything,” she said. “I honestly don’t think I’ve done anything wrong.”
DI Dalby leant forward again.
“Let’s talk about that, Emily,” he said, and his voice was gentle. “What don’t you think is wrong about what you’ve done?”
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