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PLOTS AND ERRORS (Lloyd and Hill #10)
Macmillan, London/Fawcett (Ballantine Books), NY (1999)

My fifteenth novel, published Macmillan, London/Fawcett (Ballantine Books), NY 1999. Hardback, paperback.

Andrew and Kathy Cope, the proprietors of a debt-ridden detective agency on the verge of losing their home, are found dead in their fume-filled car. Few doubt that it was suicide.

But Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd does. He knew Kathy, and doesn’t believe she was a quitter. And why, he asks DI Judy Hill, were groceries put away on the wrong shelves? Why is Andy Cope’s wheelchair still in the boot? Even Kathy’s last case is a puzzle. Why, of all the detectives she might have employed, did a member of the super-wealthy Esterbrook family choose to hire the Copes?

That night, the murder of matriarch Angela Esterbrook appears to vindicate Lloyd’s doubts, but even he doesn’t realise that the Copes’ apparent suicide is just the curtain-raiser on a tragedy of almost Shakespearean proportions…

So how did this one go down with readers?
Much better than I thought it would! Some of them even liked it. I expect most people thought it went a plot-twist too far. I hope that reading it didn’t hurt people’s brains too much. One reviewer said he wanted to throw it at the wall – I understand that entirely. He only had to read it – I had to write the damn thing!

So why did you write it?
Because it was there. Let’s see…why did I write it? Because I got Josh into my head, and the Hamlet-type plot with practically everyone on stage dead by the end, all being killed for the wrong reasons, seemed to belong to him. Because the appalling Esterbrook family appealed to me as subjects for fiction. But it was a big plot – I swear to you, there was nothing in there that didn’t have to be there. What I really love about my readers is that they are prepared to accept that I don’t write the same book over and over again. A lot of authors have made a huge success out of doing just that – and I enjoy that kind of author myself from time to time – but I am not such an author. Other than being assured that they will be privy to the murderer’s thoughts, my readers don’t know what to expect, and they’ll even put up (almost) uncomplainingly with one like this.

So it was self-indulgent?

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