In The Spotlight: Shirley Wells’ Into the Shadows

Author Shirley Wells is in the spotlight in this post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog

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Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. The ‘English village’ setting for a crime novel has changed quite a lot since authors such as Agatha Christie wrote such novels. Modern technology and new social rules have had an impact on village life just as they have everywhere else. But in some important ways (at least in crime fiction), the English village hasn’t changed as much as you might think. Let’s take a look at that setting today and turn the spotlight on Shirley Wells’ Into the Shadows, the first of her Jill Kennedy/DCI Max Trentham novels.

Kennedy is a former successful forensic psychologist. Everything changed, though, when she worked with the police on the case of a serial killer dubbed Valentine. With her profiling help, the police arrested a man named Rodney Hill, who committed suicide in prison. The ‘Valentine’ murders didn’t stop, though, so it’s…

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