Nora Johnson: Murdered to death

Nora Johnson: Murdered to death

BETRAYAL: Nora Johnson's own psychological crime thriller series.

The joy of crime fiction is providing an answer to a riddle, seeing the good guys win, loose ends tied up and an orderly dénouement (as is the case, fans assure me, in my latest thriller, Death in Windermere). Precisely why we also love crosswords, jigsaw puzzles and quiz shows! Basically, we’re consoled by bringing order to chaos. 

Though chaos can sometimes rear its head in unexpected ways. Sometimes it’s better to step away from something rather than try to fix it only to make it worse.  

New technology is often what the Germans call Verschlimmbesserung: an improvement that makes things worse (ie. if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.) 

The veteran British explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell found this while writing his latest memoir when he discovered he was 35,000 words over his publisher’s limit. The culprit was his voice-recognition software, which he forgot to switch off. “It picks up any cursing I make,” he admitted, which must account for a few thousand of the excess as well as much domestic chit-chat.  

Hopefully, he found them all while editing, otherwise readers might wonder why halfway up the Limpopo he’s suddenly asking: “What’s for dinner…?” 

Nora Johnson’s critically acclaimed psychological crime thrillers ( all available online including eBooks (€0.99;£0.99), Apple Books, audiobooks, paperbacks at Amazon etc. Profits to Cudeca cancer charity.  

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Nora Johnson

Novelist Nora Johnson offers insights on everything from current affairs to life in Spain, with humour and a keen eye for detail.