Kathy Shuker

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I am a British author of character-driven mysteries, stories of intrigue and suspicion, bitter family secrets and buried passions. I trained as a physiotherapist but a back injury forced me to change career and, after studying design I worked as a freelance artist. I started writing many years ago and now write full-time. My first novel, Deep Water, Thin Ice, is a mystery set against the beguiling tides of south west England. My second novel, Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts, a tale with a quiet air of menace, is set during a long, hot summer in Provence. Both are available across multiple e-platforms and in paperback. A third novel, the story of a young girl who disappears from a small village in Cornwall, was published in September 2016. I am ...more

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Kathy Shuker I don't think I've ever suffered complete writer's block fortunately. I write fiction and If I'm stuck with a scene or a section of plot I distance…moreI don't think I've ever suffered complete writer's block fortunately. I write fiction and If I'm stuck with a scene or a section of plot I distance myself for a short while, try to do something easy on the mind like taking a walk or working in the garden. Then my sub-conscious seems to work on it and often the answer just comes to me. If I try too hard I can just go round in circles. Coming back to a story with fresh eyes is invaluable.(less)
Kathy Shuker Good question! Lots of things. I love inhabiting the worlds I create, getting to know my characters and how they will react to what life will throw at…moreGood question! Lots of things. I love inhabiting the worlds I create, getting to know my characters and how they will react to what life will throw at them, juggling all the different pieces of the jigsaw so the plot intertwines but hopefully comes out making sense at the end! I also love playing with the language, choosing the right words to - with luck - create the same image in the mind of the reader as I have in my own. Despite the inevitable angst, it's a privilege to be able to do it.(less)
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Bond. Jane Bond. It doesn’t quite cut it for me, I have to admit. Of course I’m referring to the current vocal movement to try and equalise the heavy bias towards male character leads in film and television. And I do understand that need. The bias has been in place for far too long with a host of negative consequences, both for female actors and for society at large. Yes, girls and women need t... Read more of this blog post »
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3.5 stars. This was Ann Cleeves' first published novel from 1986. It's a classic whodunnit of the old school. The sleuth is George, a man of advanced years, recently retired from the Home Office, ably assisted by his wife, Molly. It's set in the worl ...more
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Of the Maigret novels I have so far read, this is definitely my favourite. A quick but good, absorbing read, well-plotted, with all the trademark Maigret characteristics. Very enjoyable.
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“Letting go’ sounded like such an easy thing to do...but actually involved a lot of pain.”
Kathy Shuker, Deep Water, Thin Ice

“There was almost an air of penance about her, as if, by doing these dirty jobs which she found so distasteful, she was trying to repay some debt. And, to judge from the shadowy sadness which she carried around her like a mantle, it was about as effective as throwing in spadefuls of sand to dam a flowing river.”
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“When she’d been younger relationships appeared so much easier and more black and white; love was an overriding emotion, seemingly obvious to identify. These days the word ‘love’ conjured up a breadth of feelings; she recognised more shades of grey in it.”
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