To date I have written four series of detective novels. Two of them are ongoing: Campbell and Carter and the Victorian Ben Ross and Lizzie Martin novels.
I am often asked if I'll be writing any more Mitchell and Markby or Fran Varady novels. I am not sure. When I wrote the first of the Mitchell and Markby stories, (Say It With Poison), I intended
Meredith to be the only main character. But when I started I quickly found that I needed a professional police detective as well. So, Alan Markby entered the story. The two worked together well and
remained together for fifteen books.
I wanted the characters to develop throughout the series, so they gradually grew a little (not much!) older, and closer together emotionally.
After fifteen books I needed a break. If I were to write about either of them again, it would have to be the right story and I'd still need the characters to be moving forward as individuals. It
would not be easy. I do miss them, but will they ever reappear? Time will tell.
Fran Varady, too, after seven books needed to be 'rested'. It is more difficult for me, as a writer, to take her forward, because the essence of her situation is that she is down on her
luck. Slowly, book by book, her situation has slightly improved. But if it improves too much, she is not the same person.