I love to read both true crime and historical fiction, so when Robyn DeHart told me she was finishing a novel set in the era of Jack the Ripper, I begged her for a chance to read an early copy. Like so many other mystery buffs, I have long been fascinated by this unsolved case. Please welcome award-winning author Robyn DeHart to the blog to tell us about her enthralling new novel, THE SECRETS OF MIA DANVERS.
Okay I have to admit I got a little giddy when Laura asked me to guest blog here. I’m such a fan of all of you at Murder She Writes. I love romantic suspense! So what a huge honor to be here today, thanks to Laura and the rest of you for having me.
When I was in college I got my degree in Sociology with an emphasis on social deviance. Of course it wasn’t me that was being the deviant only that most of the classes I took focused on those topics. Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology, Violent Crimes, Social Deviance… I was fascinated. Yet when I had the meeting with my internship director and she asked me “if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?” I proudly declared, “an historical romance author.” Needless to say she was momentarily dismayed, but we worked it all out, in the form of my internship with Bestselling Author, Pamela Morsi. Of course that’s a whole ‘nother blog.
But all my friends and family who knew what I studied in college kept asking when I was going to incorporate all my “kill your mama” stuff (as my sister calls it) into my writing. I’ve dabbled in it through the years, the body count is pretty high in my Legend Hunters series, but frankly I was dying (okay bad pun!) to write a romantic suspense. I wanted to write a serial killer book. And hello, I already write in the Victorian era so you know there’s that one killer…Jack the Ripper.
There are so many different theories about the identity of Jack the Ripper. Even today the mystery begs to be solved. Patricia Cornwall thinks she solved the case. I watched a fascinating documentary about a former NYPD cold case detective who thinks he’s uncovered Jack’s identity. He made a very good argument. At the time of the murders the theories ranged from a barber to a doctor to a member of the royal family. I came up with my own story for Jack, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.
Also I just have to share because I know all of you at MSW will appreciate this. I have a charm bracelet that my BFF gave me when I sold my first book and I buy a charm for every book I have released. And I found the perfect one for The Secrets of Mia Danvers. How cute is that?!
I really can’t wait for readers to step into the world I’ve created and I sure hope everyone loves it.
A lone witness finds her protector…
Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.
Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.
Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…
So how about y’all? Do you have your own theory of Jack the Ripper’s identity? Do you subscribe to some of the popular ideas?