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Anne Glenconner has lived an incredible life, serving as lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret and maid of honour at the Coronation of Elizabeth II to name a few public highlights. Following the success of her memoir Lady in Waiting, she has penned a murder mystery based on an island her late husband purchased in 1958. Read on below to find out how she drew on her own time on the island, including a weeklong party that made the island famous forever.
 
How was the process of creating fiction different to that of writing your memoir Lady in Waiting?

It was very different as I was able to let my imagination run wild! Though I’m sure readers will recognise plenty of inspiration from real life too. I’ve always loved reading Agatha Christie novels so writing a murder mystery felt like the natural next step after the success of my memoir Lady in Waiting. My publishers where very helpful when it came to getting the structure and pace of the novel just right.

 
The island of Mustique appears so glamorous and mysterious – are readers getting a pretty accurate depiction of the island (murder aside of course!)?

Absolutely! I know Mustique inside out, every nook and cranny, and wanted to give readers a real flavour of what it’s like, both in terms of the landscape and the people.  I know how lucky I am to have visited the island so much over the years, which isn’t something many people are able to do, particularly at the moment given the travel restrictions. So by writing the novel I am able to act as a tour guide and hopefully provide some much needed escapism too.

Anne Glenconner

 
But is there a sinister side to Mustique?

I never found it to be at all sinister; to me it is the most beautiful place in the world. When I first arrived there with Colin, it wasn’t nearly as luxurious as it is now! But it wouldn’t be a mystery novel without a bit of drama and darkness added. I had a lot of fun taking my characters on an adventure.

 
How much of yourself is in the character of Lady Veronica Blake?

Anyone who has read my memoir Lady in Waiting will instantly realise just how much I have borrowed from my own life for the character of Lady Blake – even down to her name Veronica which is my middle name. We share the same sense of adventure and fun, though she’s a little more intrepid than I am when it comes to hunting down potential murderers!

 
Can we expect further novels set on this idyllic island, or featuring DS Solomon Nile?

I am planning another mystery novel, and hope to take Lady Vee on another adventure. The location is still to be decided but it may be a little closer to home back here in the UK... Watch this space!

 
BONUS QUESTION: In the book there’s a glamourous party being arranged where David Bowie and Mick Jagger are set to attend – just how great do the parties really get on Mustique?

The parties Colin and I hosted were pretty spectacular it has to be said. For his 50th birthday we hosted The Golden Ball, which was a week’s worth of parties. Everything was gold-themed – the trees had been painted, the grass was sprayed, even the beach was covered with gold glitter – and it was attended by everyone from Princess Margaret to Mick Jagger. We gave Princess Margaret a gold dress to wear and she said she felt she’d been waiting her whole life to wear it and it made her feel like a true princess. That party made Mustique famous for ever.
 
 
 
Murder On Mustique
Anne Glenconner
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