How to commit the perfect murder: Mary Paulson-Ellis
We questioned, debut author of the mysterious and entrancing The Other Mrs Walker, Mary Paulson-Ellis on how she would commit her perfect (fictional) murder...
What is weapon of choice?
01 January 2017
By Pan Macmillan
A glass of whisky (a not inexpensive brand). Alternatively, the seeds of the laburnum tree. Or perhaps both – one to make the other go down.
What is your motive?
Do I need one? All families are murderous one way or another, particularly sisters. Mothers and daughters too. That’s all I’ll say.
Where is the scene of the crime?
In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps… Or at the bottom of a garden, hidden beneath the branches of that laburnum tree.
What is your getaway vehicle?
A coffin or a tunnel in the grass.
Who is your accomplice?
There are no accomplices. Or rather, not that they know about. I do have a solicitor though. His name’s Mr Nye Senior.
Do you have a calling card?
Many. An emerald dress. A photograph. A Brazil nut with the Ten Commandments etched in its shell. Also six orange pips sucked to within an inch of their lives. But you’ll have to work out which is the most significant i.e. the one that will lead to me.
Find out where Mary Paulson-Ellis penned her novel, The Other Mrs Walker.
An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the floor.
A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back in the city she thought she’d left behind, finding a a job at the Office for Lost People.
But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know, is just how entangled her own life will become in the death of one lonely stranger . . .
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