In the Shadow of Deception by David Hough
Publication date: 2 October 2014
Format: Amazon Kindle
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Pasco Carne, a Cornish village policeman, is good at his job, but unsuccessful in finding long-lasting love. When the woman he wants to marry is killed, he spends more time with her cousin, Morwen Rowse. Inevitably, they begin to fall in love.
However, there is a secret surrounding Morwen’s past and she has no idea what it is. Against a background of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, Morwen and Pasco get caught up in a web of lies and deceit spun by those who want to keep that secret to themselves.
Can Pasco and Morwen get to the truth of the matter? Or will the shadow of deception cause a permanent rift between them?
This book is part of the Historical Adventures in Cornwall series. Find out more about the other books:
In the Shadow of Disgrace
In the Shadow of a Curse
Find out more about David and his books
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David's thoughts on In the Shadow of Deception
How would you describe this book?
I would hesitate to put this book firmly into one particular genre. It is, at heart, a historical romance, telling the story of village policeman’s love for a Cornish maid and the problems they encounter. But it is also more than that. It is also a crime story because crime was – and always is – at the heart of a policeman’s job.
Most of all, however, this book is my dedication to one of my ancestors. It is Cornish history set in 1887, the momentous year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
Where did the idea for this book come from?
My great grandfather was a Cornish village policeman. I never met him, but I have sat beside the fire in the old village pub where he would have enjoyed a pint of Cornish ale. Sitting there, I can picture him listening to the local gossip and picking up clues about who was stretching the limits of the law that little bit too far.
He was, I believe, a rather pragmatic policeman. I know, from family gossip, that every time he caught a poacher, my great grandmother would make a rabbit pie.
How long did take to write this book?
Most of my books take about six to nine months to complete. This one was at the lower end of the scale, probably because I was able to vividly visualise every scene in Cornwall as I wrote it. I didn’t need to think about or research the settings, I know them well.
What was your writing process like?
As with all my books, I began by planning the story in detail. The plot encompasses two murder mysteries as well as a family secret, so I had to work out the detail of what happened before I began the first draft. That took about one third of the total time I devoted to this book. One third was then spent on the first draft. Finally, I used the last third to edit that rough draft into a polished manuscript.
What was the most difficult thing about writing this book?
There was nothing difficult about it. It was a pleasure to write.