Hello lovelies! Today I’m hosting a Q&A with the lovely MJ Porter to celebrate the book birthday of their book The Automobile Assassination as part of the blog blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources:
Title: The Automobile Assassination (The Erdington Mysteries 2) by MJ Porter
Date Published: 25th November 2021
Genre: Historical Mystery
A 1940s mystery
Erdington, September 1944
As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.
Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?
Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.
Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.
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Q&A with MJ Porter:
Can you tell me a little bit about your book?
The Automobile Assassination is a book set in the early 1940s in Erdington, England. It follows Detective Inspector Mason as he tries to solve a strange case involving a naked body found in a woodland close to a local airfield, which carries no identification. He, and his sergeant, O’Rourke, need to find the man’s identity and then solve how he came to be murdered and why his body was dumped where it was.
Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
It’s a bit of a strange one, but my Dad told me to watch a black and white film about the motorbikes they used to make for the AA motoring organisation, which just happened to be close to where my first mystery book (The Custard Corpses) took place. I also visited one of the few surviving AA sentry boxes close to where I lived and decided I had to write a story about it. I found the AA sentry boxes to be very evocative of the time period, as are the sidecars the patrol men used, and they look pretty amazing as well.
If you could describe your book in one sentence, what would it be?
An automotive 1940s murder mystery
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I get up at 7.30 am, and try and start writing before 9 am. My aim is to hit my word count for that day by 12noon so that I can spend the afternoon editing or working on a different project. I try and squeeze a bit of exercise in there, and I get a bit grumpy if my morning goes off track. I’m driven by a set word limit for the day, and as soon as I reach it, I tend to switch off until 9 am the next day. I don’t manage this every day, but this is my perfect ‘ideal.’
If you could recommend just one book to read, what would it be and why?
Just one book. That’s a tough one. I’m going to say Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey because it’s the one book I’ve read multiple times and never fail to enjoy. I don’t usually reread books, so the fact that I feel the urge to pick it up repeatedly must mean it’s pretty special to me.
Who are your favourite authors?
My favourite Golden Age mystery writers are David Stafford, Catherine Coles and L B Hathaway. I love period mysteries.
Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)
I’m a Formula 1 fan, which perhaps explains why I wanted to write about cars in the 1940s in The Automobile Assassination.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on my Saxon historical fiction series and writing a non-fiction book, but I do plan on getting back to the twentieth century soon. I have a few ideas brewing, but I need to let them percolate for a while longer yet.
Thank you for such fabulous questions and for hosting me on your blog.
And a big thank you to MJ Porter for answering my questions! I will definitely be checking out their books as I do love a good historical mystery!
About The Author:
MJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, as well as three twentieth-century mysteries. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MJ-Porter/e/B006N8K6X4/