Our latest murder mystery comes from the pen of Nick Brown, but who is he and why is he making your weekend extra fun?
Nick’s a man of many eras and regions. He’s worked in Nepal and trekked to Mount Everest, studied in Brighton and worked in Warsaw, so it’s only natural he’d write about someone who’d travelled widely. Step forward Cassius Corbulo, the ‘Agent of Rome’ whose adventures in the Roman Empire are now up to six volumes. Cassius is a ‘frumentarii’, a military officer who performs secret service roles and a position which really existed. Nick knows how to blend the facts and fascinating fiction.
Nick’s influences are from a range of genres, be they Ian Fleming’s cunning spies or Michael Crichton’s visions of a world gone wrong, and for us Nick has gone back a few years to plot the murder of the Kray Twins. But Nick doesn’t just write historical, as his science fiction can be found in a collection called ‘Dead Eyes’. We assume, given his penchant for travel, that Nick would find his way onto the moon if possible.
We asked Nick what the biggest challenge in moving between eras was: “Capturing the atmosphere and attitudes of that time and place… staying faithful to the known facts wherever possible.” You don’t need to know about the Krays to enjoy our mystery, but there’s a few ‘Easter Eggs’ if you do.
Finally, what crime writer does Nick rate the most? “Michael Connelly - he never wastes a word and builds in twists you don't see coming.”
Nick’s Agent of Rome series, as well as Dead Eyes, are available now on Amazon.