Murder at Midnight
by John Ukah
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.
The gallery of characters living at the guesthouse and thrown into the mix, do not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …
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About the Author:
John Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
- Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
- My name is John Ukah. I am a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, Benin City. I am a banker and an Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). I wrote my first book (Murder at Midnight) with a pen.
- How did you realize you wanted to write?
- I have always kept a personal journal. There was no conscious decision to be a writer. Writing has always been a part of me.
- What books have most influenced your life most?
- Books by Stephen King, James Patterson, Jeffery archer, John Grisham, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, and Dean Koontz.
- If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
- I won’t change anything at all.
- Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
- The hardest thing is making time or space for my writing. I work in a bank. Life happens and other things distract or compete for my time.
- What projects are you working on at the present?
- I am working on a detective thriller. It is a testimony on the bogey of love-life amidst confusion and value misjudgements. It affirms the point of duty on young men and women to make the right choices with their eyes open. The story is a saga of love, pitiful criminalities, investigations, assumptions and deceits.
- What book are you reading now (or the last book you read)?
- I am reading Igoni Barrett’s ”Love is power, or something like that”.
- If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
- I would spend the day with Mrs. Marshall and find out all she knows about the people around me. She has a knack of finding out an awful lot about people. She keeps an ear to the ground.
- Has your career as a banker and business man influenced your writing or the stories you tell?
- It gives my stories a certain hue because I meet people from all walks of life in the course of my banking and business interactions.
- Favorite food?
- I don’t have any. I am not a finicky eater.
- Favorite Movie?
- ‘Limitless’ featuring Bradley Cooper.
- Last song you listened to:
- Smokey ‘Changing All The Time’
- Dragons or unicorns?
- Superpower of choice?
- What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn't so?
- Some people think ALL murder mysteries are the same.
What is the most important thing that people DON'T know about your subject/genre, that they need to know?
- All murder mysteries are NOT the same. Authors have signatures. The storytelling style and characters offer variety and excitement.
- Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
- I invite the readers to enjoy the rich insights provided by the intriguing gallery of characters, and the interesting dynamics between them, which is at the core of this whodunit thriller.
- How is the best way for readers to connect with you and learn more about your books?
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/john.ukah Twitter:@JohnUkah
Thank you John for answering my questions! I hope ya'll enjoyed reading the excerpt and John's answers.