What inspired the idea for your book?
During a trip to London a few years ago, we traveled to Bletchley Park. It was a fascinating place, brilliantly restored, and the bookshop was incredible. All this research inspired Deadly Cypher
What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing this book?
I was surprised by how early the intelligence community realized they were headed for war and needed to break the German supposedly unbreakable codes.
If you were friends with a character in this book, what kinds of things would you do together?
During the period of this book, winter 1939-1940, there wasn’t much to do around Bletchley. During other seasons, yes, but not in the bitter cold. They needed to go to London for any entertainment.
How do you define success as an author?
The biggest success as an author is having people love your work. When they say they enjoyed your book, that they stayed up half the night, or burned dinner, reading your story, you know your story was a success. (Sorry about dinner!)
Who is my audience?
Aged forty and up, predominately female, with a passion for reading and learning and traveling, if only through a book. My audience enjoys mysteries and has curiosity about other people and other times.
Who is my all-time favorite author?
Robert Barnard. His twists at the very end of every story, often in the last paragraph, has given me an awareness of the importance of twists and surprises and a satisfactory ending. Some of his characters’ internal thoughts and external comments are laugh out loud funny.
Who is an underrated author that everyone should read at least once?
Margaret Frazer. She wrote two medieval English mystery series that overlapped. She had a gift for surrounding the reader in that world, and her characters were truly part of that world even as they were relatable enough that the reader cheers for them.
If You could go on a road trip with any author?
It would be Dorothy L Sayers and we would travel the roads in the mid-1930s from London to Oxford and then spend time learning every nook and cranny of the Oxford of that day.
If You knew I could not fail, what would you do?
Exactly what I’m doing now. I love writing as a career. I love researching, particularly travel research, and studying my craft. I’d probably travel more, but wouldn’t we all after being locked down for the past year and a half?
Deadly Cypher is the seventh book in The Deadly Series of World War II mysteries by Kate Parker.
Could a murder at Bletchley Park cost Britain the war?
November, 1939. The British government has assembled a small group of intellectuals at an estate north of London as part of a top-secret codebreaking effort. Everything about it is clandestine. The facility is ringed with a veil of silence until one of the young female linguists is murdered.
Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster tasks Olivia Redmond with finding the killer and the motive. Olivia is sent in alone, without clues or suspects.
Did the murder victim uncover a mole? Could Britain’s program to break German enigma cyphers be compromised?
If Olivia fails, it could mean the destruction of Britain.
Deadly Cypher will be on sale until August 30, 2021 when it will be sold at full price.
Deadly Cypher, book seven of the Deadly Series, is for fans of World War II era spy thrillers and classical cozy mysteries, of intrepid lady sleuths with spunk and smarts. No explicit cursing, sex, or violence.
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With her love of travel, Kate Parker sets her novels overseas. Once home from her research trips and armed with hot tea and chocolate, she can be found clicking away on her keyboard, hiking the hills of central North Carolina, and spoiling her 90 pound muse puppy. She’d tell you what she did before she retired, but then she’d have to use certain skills to eliminate you. She pens stories to entertain readers who enjoy action and murder in tales about plucky heroines, quirky characters, and difficult situations in a bygone era. Her stories are sweet, as in no graphic sex, violence, or language. Her heroines remain ladylike while chasing murderers and escaping danger. Well, as ladylike as scratching, punching, and kicking can be.
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