I’m absolutely delighted to be staying in with Anne Coates, author of Death’s Silent Judgement, today as I’ve been out with Anne on a few occasions and she’s wonderful company!
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Staying in with Anne Coates
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag Anne. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me on a Saturday.
Always a pleasure to share your company, Linda.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought along Death’s Silent Judgement, the second Hannah Weybridge thriller, because the characters led me by the nose in this one and I want to tempt you into her world of 1990s London.
What can we expect from an evening in with Death’s Silent Judgement?
Some shocks and surprises. Hannah is investigating – in her capacity as a journalist – her close friend’s death. She is devastated by Liz’s murder and is also hurt that DI Tom Jordan whom she met in Dancers in the Wind, accepted a posting in New York. I was thrilled at one reader’s reaction which was “For God’s sake, Tom get the next plane home!”
Hannah uncovers many secrets – as well as red herrings – and is never sure whom she can trust including the DI, Claudia Turner, who’s investigating Liz’s death. One reviewer was irritated by Claudia remarking that you never knew where you were with her but that’s just the reaction I wanted to achieve! Claudia doesn’t give much away and all we really know is that she is smart – both intellectually and sartorially – and that she and Tom did their training together at Hendon.
One of my daughter’s colleagues suggested I’d modelled Hannah on her. Olivia was horrified and said, “Oh no I’m the baby!” Hannah is a single parent and some readers have criticised her for putting her child at risk. In Death’s Silent Judgement, Hannah is earning more and can afford a full-time nanny but life is never simple.
(Oo. Hannah sounds such a complex and fascinating character!)
One of the joys of writing a series is being able to develop characters who may have had minor roles in an earlier book – assuming they lived to tell the tale! There’s a not a high body count in Death’s Silent Judgement.
What else have you brought along and why?
A bunch of freesia for you. They are one of my favourite flowers and the scent has a significance for Hannah plus a bottle of Chablis – what else? Hannah enjoys her white wine – in fact one reviewer suggested matching her glass for glass while reading the book but I wouldn’t recommend that! She and Tom shared a bottle of Chablis over their first meal together in Joe Allen’s restaurant in Covent Garden so it seems fitting. (I know you don’t drink ordinary wine so I’ve sneaked in a bottle of Prosecco for you, Linda.) Hannah and her friends also enjoy Indian takeaways so I’m having one delivered.
(Wow – a perfect evening for me. I love freesias (once grew some from scratch) and what could be better than a curry and Prosecco!)
Also I’ve brought along happy memories of friendship. Last year two close friends and a neighbour died and previously two other really close friends died way before their time. Those two were such supportive and brilliant friends. I’d like to think they would have enjoyed reading about Hannah’s life.
(What a lovely thought. So many of us have lost loved ones recently.)
In Death’s Silent Judgment, Hannah discovers areas of her friend Liz’s life she had known nothing of… and this leads to some horrific revelations. Some of my friends saw me in a new light after reading my thrillers!
(Me too – you’re such a warm friendly person in real life I can’t imagine you bumping off anyone even in fiction! Thanks so much for a fascinating time staying in Anne.)
Death’s Silent Judgement
Death’s Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind, and continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge.
Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice.
With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend’s brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long Hannah’s investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer…
Death’s Silent Judgement is available for purchase here along with Anne’s other books including Dancers in the Wind.
About Anne Coates
Anne Coates is a freelance editor and author. While editing and abridging other peoples’ novels and non-fiction, she has contributed short stories to magazines like Bella and Candis and wrote two novels that never saw publication. One afternoon she re-read the second one, saw its potential and rewrote it, restructuring the narrative and adding and subtracting scenes. This work became Dancers in the Wind to be published by Urbane Publications on 13 October, 2016.
Some of her short stories appear in two collections: A Tale of Two Sistersand Cheque-Mate and Other Tales of the Unexpected both published as e-books by Endeavour Press. Anne has also written seven non-fiction books ranging from a history of Women in Sport (Wayland) to Applying to University (Need To Know) and Living With Teenagers (Endeavour Press).
Anne lives in London with three cats who are all rather disdainful of her writing as they have yet to appear in her fiction although a dog has!