Guest Post by author Rebecca Bradley


It’s a pleasure to welcome author Rebecca Bradley to the blog.

Rebecca has a second book due to be published on 30 June – ‘Made to be Broken‘ – number 2 in the Detective Hannah Robbins crime series, (the first being ‘Shallow Waters‘).   I have a guest post below from Rebecca which I hope you enjoy.


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Why I chose poison as a mode of murder

Before I say anything else, can I first thank Karen for having me on the blog today. I am so appreciative of the support I have been shown by the reading and blogging community. Thank you, Karen.

Now, to the little matter of poison. As you can see from the title of this blog piece, my second novel, Made to be Broken, involves the use of poison as a means to extinguishing a life or – several. I remember first reading about poison in crime fiction in Agatha Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide. I adored that book, as I adored all of the Christie books I read.

My particular interest with poison was the way that it can be used without the need to get up close and personal with the victim. With knife killers they have to step right in to drive that knife home. Even with a firearm, you have to be there to see the victim, take aim and fire. You see the destruction the weapon creates. It all happens in front of you. Poison on the other hand can make it possible for even the most squeamish of people to turn into killers because they can do it from a distance.


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That’s also one of the reasons it’s a favourite MO for female serial killers, of which there are far less than their male counterparts. Though, in reality, killing by poison, in the UK is extremely rare. Or detection of killing by poison is rare. But, who’s going to let that stand in the way of a good story?

I wanted a scenario where readers could picture the scenario. Where they could imagine the situation happening. Because how it does play out, really isn’t that far-fetched. In fact, it has happened in the past. I wanted to play on the fears of the everyday. But, at the same time, I needed a sympathetic offender to do this. Who would use poison and not need to be there to see it carried out?


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.


About the author:

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.

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