Under the assumed name I use for being a wife, mum, cat-owner and civil servant, I live in Berkshire, England.
I write in the genres I love reading myself - crime detection, thriller, adventure, suspense. My first novel, The Day The Earth Caught Cold, was an apocalyptic thriller with a climate change theme. The novel I'm currently working on, The Crooked Man, is a more traditional detective story with a dash of thriller. I love retro vintage crime and thriller tales and my novels, despite the inconvenient presence of the 21st century, often have a retro flavour. I like to believe that alongside cosy crime there is, or could be, a genre called cosy thrillers. If there was, that would probably be my genre.
My favourite authors include Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle and Patricia Wentworth for crime and John Buchan and Ian Fleming for authors. I never subscribed to the idea that Ian Fleming was a 'man's writer'. But my biggest inspiration is probably Mary Stewart, whose adventurous suspense novels are adored by many. My latest project, The Sea Raven, is a homage to her in the form of a short story continuing the adventures of her heroine Perdita West, who features in her novella Wind off the Small Isles and a short story called The Lost One, itself lost for many years...
on Feb. 18, 2018 :
The Sea Raven is a wonderful short story by Annabel Frazer, author of The Day the Earth Caught Cold.
Written as a tribute to writer Mary Stewart, in this story we join Perdita and her teenage daughter Stella as they embark on a ferry journey from Aberdeen to Shetland. The story is set I think in the late 1960s. Perdita and her daughter's relationship is a joy to read here - personally, I would love to read further Perdita-Stella sleuthing adventures in the future!
The Sea Raven is an engaging story of suspense and mystery, with a frightening pursuit scene below deck, and there is romance, and some nice flashes of humour too. Annabel Frazer writes beautifully, and Perdita is an elegant heroine, making this story a lovely homage to Mary Stewart. I recommend this story to all fans of Mary Stewart, and to fans of good writing generally - and if you read this story before having read Mary Stewart's Perdita adventures The Wind Off the Small Isles and The Lost One, I predict that you will want to go on to read those stories too.
(review of free book)