THE LOVE DETECTIVE
RWS RATING: 3.5/5 STARS
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 28TH 2018
“He’d thought himself the hunter, that I was easy prey but what he hadn’t bargained for, was contending with a woman who hadn’t eaten a square meal in twenty-four hours. I get mean when I’m hungry.”
Clarry Pennhaligan, low on ambition but high on energy, can’t seem to come up with a proper grown-up plan to kick-start her life. Planning really isn’t her thing. But then she happens upon her true vocation: Snooping. Discovering other people’s secrets and getting paid for it. What could possibly go wrong? Well……as it turns out, just about everything and soon Clarry finds herself in real danger. (Goodreads.com)
Although the title leads you to believe that this story is a light, & fun mystery… it is in fact loaded with dark themes, and an almost sinister storyline. The Love Detective by Angela Dyson is a story about a woman who realizes her place, and what she wants out of life, all while involving herself in a world of mystery and snooping. When I got this novel, I was excited to indulge in a chick-lit type of novel after all the thrillers/suspense reads I get into. But – I was in for a surprise! The book takes quite a dark turn, and honestly, I loved that part about it!
I was thrilled to have author Angela Dyson come on RWS to discuss her debut novel, The Love Detective! Check it out below bookies:
Who’s your favourite author?
Oh, this is a tricky question. If I choose only one, it feels almost like being unfaithful to all my other favourites! But Sue Grafton I always enjoy.
Favourite book or genre to read?
There isn’t really a genre that I don’t read…except maybe Science Fiction. What’s so wonderful about novels is that you can choose them to match your mood, but one of my all-time favourites has to be Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier. Written in 1941, it’s about Lady Donna St Columb, a headstrong heroine who escapes from the tedium of life with her dull husband in 17th century London to live in Cornwall where she meets an infamous French pirate. I love it.
When was the moment you realized that you loved literature?
As a child I read The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
over and over again. I wanted to live by the river bank with Ratty
and Mole and stay in Badger’s house right in the heart of the
I remember distinctly how alive their world seemed to me, how
vividly their different personalities and individual voices shone
out from the pages. And even today, many, many years on, I re-
read it regularly. This novel brings me comfort, peace and has
always made me feel safe. Literature does that and I’m a life-long
What made you want to be a writer?
It allows me to dream. To create worlds that provide an outlet for
escapism, not just for myself, but for my readers.
What draws you to the “detective” type genres?
I love the idea of the amateur detective meddling and asking
questions and stirring up trouble. And by creating my own young
female private investigator, Clarry Pennhaligan in The Love
Detective, I could make her so much bolder, braver and more of a
bad-ass than I, in real life, could ever be! She gets to do things
that I long to do… but don’t have the chutzpah.
What gave you the inspiration for your newest novel, “The Love Detective?”
Female friendships are very important to me. Throughout your life, lovers, boyfriends, husbands, may come and go but your girlfriends can be depended upon to offer sympathy, understanding and many glasses of wine. Oh, and tough-love too, when it’s needed. Clarry in The Love Detective is enlisted by her best friend, Laura, to check out whether the new man in Laura’s life is on the up-and-up. What Clarry discovers does not go down well with Laura. It’s that whole don’t shoot the messenger thing. I wanted to explore the strength of friendship. In fact, the very first question in the book club notes that accompany the novel is: What did you think of the row between Clarry and Laura? Have you ever experienced the issue of jealousy (or at least the perception of it) with a friend?
I will be fascinated to hear how my readers answer that question!
Did your writing process change at all when you began writing this
book, compared to any writing you’ve done before?
I have always written in spurts. I’m not someone that compels
themselves to write every day. Honestly, sometimes I’m just not in
the mood! And I’ve learnt that there is nothing more depressing
than sitting down at the computer trying to find inspiration and
coming up empty. But with The Love Detective, there were
definitely far fewer gaps between writing binges. I just wanted to
keep going because I so loved the experience.
Can we expect any more books from you coming up?
I am currently working on the second in the series featuring
Clarry. It’s called The Love Detective: Next Level and it will be out in 2019.
Do you have any advice for young writers out there?
Yes, and it’s to find your own way to becoming a writer. Let it
become organic. Write when you have something to say, when a
story is so vivid to you that you absolutely have to get it down.
And, to prepare yourself for this, write about what you see… in a
casual way. Get used to expressing yourself on paper. This can take some of the fear out of the process and will ultimately release that particular voice that is yours and yours alone.
Thank you Angela Dyson for coming on RWS to chat with me!
Dyson’s debut novel The Love Detective, will be available in stores SEPTEMBER 28th 2018!
You can also visit her website: https://angeladyson.com