Exmouth seafront provides inspiration for Graham Hurley crime books'

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 November 2015

Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2182-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2182-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.


Acclaimed crime author Graham Hurley has revealed Exmouth seafront was a source of inspiration for his DS Suttle series.

The Order of Things, book four in the Suttle series, sees the detective in a race against time to catch the culprit of a grizzly murder in Lympstone.

Mr Hurley remained tight-lipped about work on his next novel, which will be book five in the Suttle series.

Suttle’s estranged wife Lizzie, an Exeter journalist, is drawn into the investigation as she hears rumours of a GP offering mercy killings to patients.

He said: “I haven’t started working on book five yet, as we’ve had a successful season with the Exmouth Rowing Club and celebrated the birth of another grandchild - but I have some good ideas and with the fact French television turned six of my Faraday and Winter series into 90-minute films means I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for even more success.

“I’m always inspired to write; where we live, you look out and you see the beautiful view of the Exmouth seafront.

“My wife and I moved to Exmouth nine years ago from Portsmouth. We both like rowing and we went out onto the water and that experience provided part of the inspiration for the first Suttle book, titled Western Approaches.”

In The Order of Things, DS Suttle and Lizzie’s investigations become increasingly intertwined, with disastrous consequences for what remains of their marriage, said Mr Hurley.

The author admitted it was a challenge to create ‘homicidal mischief’ in Exmouth, but that he received mostly positive feedback from readers.

He said that his books had created an avid following locally and internationally.

Mr Hurley continued: “I get feedback from readers all the time. They send me emails.

“The books have started an avid fan base both locally and internationally.

“I knew it would be difficult after changing the location of the book to conjure up the homicidal mischief that rarely takes place in Exmouth from a place like Portsmouth where it can happen.”

The Order of Things is published by Orion Publishing. Hardback costs £19.99 and eBook costs £10.99.

For more information, call 020 31226781 or visit www.orionbooks.co.uk

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