Deadly Travel: A World War II Mystery (The Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker
About Deadly Travel
Deadly Travel: A World War II Mystery (The Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: JDP Press (September 28, 2020)
Number of Pages 320
Digital ASIN: B08F6BW1WV
Travel to Berlin in 1939 is treacherous. Carrying out two clandestine missions in the enemy capital could prove deadly.
When a Quaker Kindertransport chaperone is murdered in the East End of London, Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster tasks Olivia Denis to join the group rescuing children from Nazi Germany. Olivia must find not only a killer, but a traitor relaying sensitive material to the enemy.
Once they reach Berlin, Olivia discovers she must rescue the family of an imprisoned British spy before she leaves the next day. An attack convinces Olivia the family’s two young sons are in grave danger, but where to hide them?
Can she protect the boys before they become the traitor’s next victims?
Deadly Travel, Book Five of the Deadly series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classical cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.
Continue your journey today into Olivia’s world of intrigue in London in the days leading up to war.
About Kate Parker
What initially got you interested in writing?
I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing. My father was an editor, I was surrounded by books at home, and I was encouraged to read from an early age. Some of my earliest reading was Agatha Christie’s novels.
What genres do you write in?
I write historical mysteries along the lines of the writers of Golden Age mysteries, all set in London, and from the late Victorian period until WWII.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I write what I read. Nothing too scary or gory, just a story that keeps me guessing and involved in the mystery.
How did you break into the field?
After writing eighteen complete novels, I finally interested an agent and an editor in number nineteen. It took me that much practice to learn the craft of writing a good mystery.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
An enjoyable, relaxing, fascinating afternoon or evening and a sense that order and justice has been restored to the world.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
When people tell me they enjoyed my books.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
The first draft. It takes me months of daily work, but at the end, I have intriguing characters involved in their historical time period and suffering the stress and fallout from murder. After that, for me, it’s just polishing my words so that the story is clear and I haven’t left anything out.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Read. Write. Repeat.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Mysteries written in the Golden Age of Crime, historical mysteries written by the best practitioners today, and contemporary mysteries by the best of the best. Jacqueline Winspear, Louise Penny, Robert Barnard, Emma Lathen, Margaret Frazer, and PD James are a few of my favorites.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Last autumn, my daughter talked me into getting a rescue puppy. He was a tiny little furball, too small to climb stairs, and he looked as if he was at least part Australian Shepherd. A full grown dog is 50 to 60 pounds. He’s now just past a year old. Except for his Aussie Shepherd ears and tail, he looks like a Labrador Retriever. An 85 pound, stubborn Labrador Retriever. He’s good natured, trainable, and a good guard dog, but he can walk for 2 hours and think nothing of it. He’s too strong for me to handle, so my daughter has to hold the leash. This boy is going to appear in mysteries, I can just feel it coming.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
The best way to reach me is my website, www.KateParkerbooks.com Also, I’m on facebook at www.facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker and on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/author/list/7123001.Kate_Parker and at Bookbub at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kate-parker Readers can find out about my works at any of these places.
Kate Parker caught the reading bug early, and the writing bug soon followed. She’s always lived in a house surrounded by books and dust bunnies. After spending a dozen years in North Carolina, she moved to Colorado. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful, but she’d developed a love of wide rivers, warmer and wetter weather, and fast-growing greenery that sent her hurrying back to North Carolina.
Deadly Travel is the fifth book in the Deadly Series, and Kate’s plan is to follow it quickly with Deadly Darkness, both set in 1939 in the days leading up to war. There are at least three more of the Deadly Series coming that will bring the beginning of the war to Olivia’s doorstep. Kate reports that she is having fun creating new stories to entertain readers and chaos to challenge her characters.
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