I’m excited to introduce you to a new mystery novel. The book is The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson, and I hope to have a book review for you all soon. However, as part of the book tour, I was able to ask Nadine some questions and I wanted to share those with you all now.
If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you know that I love a good mystery/thriller, and The Jigsaw Man sounds fantastic. I’m also excited to learn that there will be more books following the main detective. Read on to learn more about Nadine and The Jigsaw Man!
A Quick Q&A with Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man
1. You are a criminal defense attorney in London. Has real life ever been stranger than fiction?
Most definitely life has been stranger than fiction. My most memorable case involved a woman accused of fraud and had used multiple identities. My client insisted that she was, let’s call her, Emma Smith, even when the prosecution brought the real Emma Smith and her entire family to court. It was absolutely crazy and to this day I am no closer to knowing this woman’s true identity.
2. What’s something about your job that you wish people knew?
There is absolutely no glamour in my job. My working life is not an episode of Suits. Sitting around in police stations at 4am is not glamorous and there is so much time spent waiting. I was never told in law school that I would spend so much time waiting for either clients to arrive, or for the police to be ready for interview. There was one occasion where I attended court for my case which was scheduled to start at 10am. The case wasn’t called on until 3.30pm.
3. Will there be more books with DI Anjelica Henley?
Absolutely. DI Anjelica Henley’s story isn’t over. I’ve recently finished book 2 in the series so there will definitely be more of her.
4. Why do think there aren’t as many #ownvoices novels in the mystery/thriller genre?
There are many #ownvoices in the mystery/thriller genre but for some inexplicable reason these voices are not being elevated or promoted as voraciously. I suspect that there’s a misconception that #ownvoices writers can only tell one type of story which is not true. Our storytelling is as diverse as the #ownvoices writers. I’m hopeful that things are now changing and that these talented writers are being placed on a higher platform.
5. What are some of your favorite #ownvoices novels?
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, This Lovely City by Louise Hare, Take it Back by Kia Abdullah
The Jigsaw Man is out now, so please think about supporting Nadine and ordering yourself a copy!
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