Today I’m delighted to have the lovely Rebecca Bradley at Bibliophile Book Club as part of her blog tour for Made To Be Broken, the second DI Hannah Robbins novel. 😊
*The first book in the series is Shallow Waters*
Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course. Sign up to the newsletter, on the blog at rebeccabradleycrime.com, to read the first five chapters of Made to be Broken, exclusive content and giveaways.
About Made To Be Broken:
A rising death toll. A city in panic.
A young mother is found dead in her home with no obvious cause of death. As DI Hannah Robbins and her team investigate, it soon becomes clear that the woman is the first in a long line of murders by poison.
With the body count climbing, and the city of Nottingham in social meltdown, the team finds themselves in a deadly race against a serial killer determined to prove a point.
And Hannah finds herself targeting an individual with whom she has more in common than she could possibly know
And without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Rebecca…
How does my police experience transfer to the page?
First of all, I’d like to thank Kate for having me on her blog today, for giving me the space to ramble. The blogging community is one of the kindest I have come across. Thank you, Kate.
Today, I’m going to talk about how, as a retired police detective, that experience, transfers to the page in a novel. I was a serving police officer for sixteen years and a detective for eight of those years. I worked on a specialist unit that dealt with sexual exploitation, so though I didn’t work homicide I do have a lot of experience with serious lengthy investigations.
So, you’d imagine that being in that position as a crime writer now, would be a huge benefit for me and my job would be a whole lot easier. I’d be able to just type away and know what the story needed?
You’d be partly right, but only partly and not a very large part. It does help me. It helps me with the procedure of the investigation, but as readers we aren’t picking up crime novels to read a police procedural manual, we’re picking up a crime novel, even a police procedural one, to read a story. And any police procedure in that story needs to be seamlessly layered within, rather than dumped in great big chunks. And that’s the difficult line I have to tread.
Knowing the procedure, the investigative lines of enquiry that police follow every time they are on a case can make it very easy to info dump. Knowing readers want the authenticity from an ex-detective but not wanting to hit them over the head with it makes me actually quite anxious. How much is too much? Are reader going to get bored of hearing the procedure or have I not put in enough or not shown the authenticity they are expecting because I was in the job?
If you have never worked in the police you don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t understand the police procedures or what it is you are missing out. You are focusing on the story. And the story is important. Real police work can actually be tedious and boring. There are long stretches of time where you have to sit at your desk and fill out paperwork, but red tape in the story would send your readers to sleep, so no, you can’t make a crime story completely realistic. You can only make it realistic to a degree.
So, how does my experience transfer to the page? I’d like to hope that I strike that balance, that through my DI, Hannah Robbins, you get a peek into the life of a working detective, but you also feel what she feels on an emotional, personal level. How she feels about the investigation, because it’s written in first person PoV, so you work it with her.
One thing I can say with confidence is that having had the chance to be a serving police officer and a writer is that I have been able to do two roles that I have loved and that makes me very lucky.
Thank you again for having me, Kate.
It’s been my pleasure hosting Rebecca today! Make sure you keep up to date with any news, releases etc with the following links:
Facebook: Rebecca Bradley Crime
Also, book links to buy & preorder:
Made To Be Broken (preorder link- out June 30th)
Thanks again for stopping by Rebecca 😊📚