Today I have a guest post from author Lorraine Turnbull.
Mum’s the Word
When Ann-Marie Ross murders her abusive husband and feeds him to the pigs, she thinks she’s got away with murder and secured the future of her Scottish cider farm. But she soon finds herself having to keep more than one deadly secret to protect those closest to her.
As four women embrace their new-found independence, Ann-Marie is tormented by the threat of discovery.
A darkly comic tale of murder, friendship and Love.
In Mum’s the Word I have presented the interconnected lives of five women, the men that surround them (for better or worse), a healthy dose of murder, a sprinkling of STD’s, and a loving spoonful of humour, warmth and endearing characters.
Set in beautiful Scotland, the story unfolds at a small farm in Renfrewshire with trips to the Scottish West Coast and to Cornwall, all of which I know very well. Whilst I wanted to stay with my favourite theme of agricultural life, it was a delight to revisit my old life as a police officer and include a couple of actual murder events as part of the fictional story. The story begins with a visceral but darkly justified murder – this is no ‘whodunnit’; we know who, but I wanted the reader to read on to find out why.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the story twisted and turned, with a couple of the characters rewriting parts themselves, if I’m honest. The development of the characters, many facets of which were taken from real people I have met; and their own stories was great fun, and helped me to highlight that empowerment and love are possible at all stages in life – not just for the young.
The idea of getting away with murder surely pops into all our heads sometimes and I hope my readers will share the satisfaction I had at the end of the story, and remember the characters with fondness.
Lorraine Turnbull was born in Glasgow where she lived until 2005 when she and her family moved to Cornwall to run a smallholding. She relocated to France in 2017 where she continues to make cider, writes books and learns French.