‘My favourite type of mystery, suspenseful, and where everyone is not what they appear . . . Christine is great at creating atmosphere . . . she evokes the magic of the stage, and her characters [have] a past to be uncovered before the mystery is solved.’ [Stage Fright]

- Lizzie Hayes, MYSTERY WOMEN

A Cambridge scene

The city of Cambridge and the surrounding Fens, with their unique and sometimes sinister atmosphere, were the inspiration for my Cassandra James mysteries which feature literary historian and accidental sleuth, Cassandra James.

Dead Letters: A Cassandra James in Cambridge mystery by Christine Poulson

In the days when I used to mark Tripos papers, I used to be afraid of somehow losing them or damaging them. Maybe the house would burn down!  In the first chapter of Dead Letters, I confronted that fear . . .

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Stage Fright: A Cassandra James in Cambridge Mystery by Christine Poulson

Some of the sensation novels by writers like Mrs Braddon and Mrs Henry Wood are still great reads. I decided I’d like to set a novel during a modern production of East Lynne, and have the events off stage mirror some of the action on stage.

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Footfall: A Cassandra James in Cambridge Mystery by Christine Poulson

I have always loved libraries. It was a pleasure to create one of my own in Footfall. Distant book stacks in parts of old libraries where no-one goes can be creepy places . . .

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