Aunt Bessie assumes that she’ll have the beach all to herself on a cold, wet, and windy March morning just after sunrise, then she stumbles (almost literally) over a dead body. Aunt Bessie assumes that the dead man died of natural causes, then the police find the knife in his chest.
Elizabeth (Bessie) Cubbon, aged somewhere between free bus pass (60) and telegram from the Queen (100), has lived her entire adult life in a small cottage on Laxey beach. For most of those years, she’s been in the habit of taking a brisk morning walk along the beach. Dead men have never been part of the scenery before.
Try as she might, Bessie just can’t find anything to like about the young widow that she provides tea and sympathy to in the immediate aftermath of finding the body. There isn’t much to like about the rest of the victim’s family either.
Aunt Bessie assumes that the police will have the case wrapped up in no time at all, then she finds a second body. Can Bessie and her friends find the killer before she ends up as the next victim?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love reading cozy mysteries and I loved living on the Isle of Man. Writing the Aunt Bessie series allows me to combine those two things.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Aunt Bessie was originally a character in one of my romance novels. Unfortunately for her, she had recent passed away in the romance! (She was the source of an inheritance that the main character received.) The Aunt Bessie series let me have more fun with the character that I created for the romance. (Her story was told through diary entries in the romance.)
Diana grew up in Pennsylvania and earned a BA in history from Allegheny College. She later moved to Washington, DC for work. There she met and was swept off her feet by an Englishman who married her and whisked her away to the north of England. A new job meant a move to the Isle of Man for the newlyweds and they lived there happily for over ten years. During that time, Diana added an MA in Manx Studies to her qualifications and they added two children to the family. In 2008, they decided to return to the U.S. to give their children a chance to experience the American way of life for a while. Now happily settled in Western New York, Diana writes, looks after the children, volunteers at the local schools and writes more.
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