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THE OTHER WOMAN (Lloyd and Hill #5)
Macmillan, London/St Martin's Press, NY (1992)

My tenth novel, published Macmillan, London/St Martin’s Press, NY 1992. Hardback, paperback, large print, Soundings Audio Book (unabridged).

When the celebrity football match was abandoned just before half-time, Bartonshire police had no way of knowing that the swirling, choking fog had concealed much, much more than the striker’s fancy footwork.

But by the end of the evening Chief Inspector Lloyd and Inspector Judy Hill were looking for a rapist – and a killer.

And, somewhere in Stansfield, Melissa Whitworth was just beginning to discover the truth about her husband…

Where did you get this plot from?
One of my earlier books! I’m not telling you which one. This was another one that went pear-shaped about halfway through. When you read a book, you take it for granted that the laws of the universe are in place: the sun will rise every day, that day will have twenty-four hours in it, and the world will turn on its axis during that period. The problem when you’re writing a book is that you have to see to it that it does, and sometimes you lose the place. When I finally realised that in order to work, my plot required someone to be in two places at once, I had a choice. Start writing magic realism, or start again. Time was very, very short. I started again, and borrowed one of my own plots. I know that at least one person saw through this, but I don’t think many people did. And I now can’t even remember what the original plot was.

Has any of your published books got a plot error in it?
Not to my knowledge, but someone might correct me! I pride myself on tight plotting, so you can imagine that the error in this one was something of a blow, but at least I caught it before anyone but me had read it. Each Lloyd and Hill that I write is written from a number of viewpoints. Each viewpoint is used once in each chapter, and one of the viewpoint characters must be the murderer. These are rules that I set myself with A Perfect Match, and I’ve stuck to them, but they can make life very difficult. It’s like writing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd every time, with the added difficulty of ensuring that all the viewpoint characters have enough worrying them to remain in contention as possibles for the murderer for as long as possible. I suspect that very few people would notice if I cheated, but I don’t. And that’s why I get angry to the point of wanting to sue people who say that I have!

So who’s said that you cheated?
A couple of people who have reviewed me on the Web. (See Redemption/Murder at the Old Vicarage and Births, Deaths & Marriages/Death in the Family for details.) Of course, the Web isn’t the place to look for informed comment, but even ‘real’ reviewers – in both good and bad reviews – have revealed a very shaky grasp of what was actually going on!

But they can be confusing, can’t they?
Yes, the plots are very complex as a rule, so I try hard to make sure that the actual narrative is easy to read. With The Other Woman, one reader found the introduction of a number of male characters at the beginning was a bit confusing. I’m usually very careful about that, so I apologise, and will take even more care in future. If you’re trying to keep abreast of the plot, you don’t need the added hassle of not being sure who’s who!

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