Evelyn Weiss

Biography

I live twice.
Once, here in 2017, where I've written a novel about a very modern girl. Who happens to work in the oldest profession. A girl who has to find a killer - before she's imprisoned for murder.
But I also live over 100 years ago. I inhabit the Golden Age of 1912-1914. The age of the Titanic. An age of elegance - and scandal.
Secrets and spies, hidden violence and terror. The last glorious sunset glow before World War One - when, as Sir Edward Grey put it "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again, in our lifetime."
Follow me into the darkness.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
A couple of years ago I was walking to a business meeting in London, when I was hit by a taxi. This led to knee surgery and some time off work.
A friend said "What are you going to do with all this free time at home? Write the Great British Novel?". So I decided to do some bits and bobs of writing, which came together as The Outcall. I finished writing it the day I returned to work. It may not be great, but it's a novel, and it's British!
Why do you write murder mystery novels?
It's nice to work to an overall format. The murder mystery format provide a framework - as it were, a discipline - for my writing. The framework must include my narrator/main character, other characters, a plot, clues, and suspects - who must have motive, means and opportunity! The final feature of the framework is: I'm a big believer in the Agatha Christie device of a denouement which (to mix metaphors) ties up every loose thread and accounts for every red herring. I think that readers want to feel they have a solution to every last bit of the puzzle that they've wrestled through for 300-odd pages.
On which subject: I'm not a fan of the herrings. As much as possible, I like every event and clue to tie in to the solution of the mystery. That "Ah-ha" moment when things finally make sense to the reader. Unless they've worked it out already...
I'm aware that Murder on the Titanic goes further than that. It's a big-canvas historical thriller as well as a murder mystery. That wasn't the original plan, but it just went like that while I was writing it, and I really enjoyed writing the action sequences and researching the background of pre-WW1 crime, espionage and terrorism.
There's also a "hidden story" within The Outcall. If you are familiar with some of the standard classics of English literature, or with Britain's most remote library, you may spot it...
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Evelyn Weiss online

Twitter: @evelynweiss1912

Books

Murder on the Western Front
Price: Free! Words: 114,910. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
A real-life Hell - the Western Front, 1915. Death is everywhere. In the confusion of combat, young American volunteer nurse Agnes Frocester witnesses something utterly unexpected... a murder. While an innocent man faces the firing squad, Agnes's investigations take her into the bohemian heart of Paris and across the battlefields of Europe - into the most deadly places on earth.
Murder on the Titanic
Price: Free! Words: 116,640. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
As the Titanic sinks, a notorious playboy aristocrat is murdered. Professor Axelson and his assistant Agnes question the survivors under hypnosis, revealing a dark conspiracy. The quest becomes a breakneck life-and-death chase across an ocean and two continents... ...and Agnes finds, as the whole world stands on the brink of war, that she alone has the power to save it. Or destroy it.
The Outcall
Price: Free! Words: 108,080. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.43)
Holly Harlow is intelligent, courageous and independent. And she works as a London call girl. When a client is murdered in her bed, she has to find the killer - before the police arrest her for the crime. Holly's trail leads from human trafficking to unbridled celebrity egotism and the corridors of political power. What she discovers is almost unimaginable.

Evelyn Weiss' tag cloud

action    adventure    crime    detective    drama    espionage    female    historical    london    modern    murder    mystery    suspense    thriller