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Listen to me read ‘Roller-coaster Ride’

When Janet Hutchings, the editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, asked if I would read one of my stories to be recorded as a pod cast for their web-site, I was very happy to oblige. ‘Roller-coaster Ride’ was the story we agreed on, and it’s one that’s close to my heart. It was inspired by a visit to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. My mother had long wanted to go and I took her to Denmark for her 80th birthday and we visited it not once, but twice. Once darkness had settled over the famous pleasure garden and the air was filled with the screams of teenagers on the roller-coaster, it had an unexpectedly sinister aspect and in the way of crime writers I jotted down an idea for a short story.

Though I did eventually write the story, my mother didn’t get to read it. She died two years after our visit. Still, we had Copenhagen and she did see the Tivoli Gardens. Writing the story was a way of  revisiting them and reliving our time there. My mother makes a cameo appearance. You can listen to me reading the story here:


  1. Margot Kinberg
    November 14, 2017

    Oh, how exciting, Christine! I love the idea of having a story told in that way. You do a fabulous job, too. And thanks for sharing the inspiration for your story. It’s always so interesting to learn how authors get their ideas…

    • Christine Poulson
      November 14, 2017

      Thanks so much, Margot! I was flattered to be asked. I too am always fascinated by how writers get their ideas. It is such a mysterious process.


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