Former surgeon launches ‘utterly fresh’ crime novel series

Pauline Manders has released two crime novels and was signing them at Waterstones
Pauline Manders has released two crime novels and was signing them at Waterstones
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A former surgeon has embarked on an ‘utterly’ new chapter as an author after debuting a series of crime novels.

Pauline Manders’ books follow three apprentice carpenters at the fictional Utterly Academy in Stowmarket as they get embroiled in various adventures and help to solve crimes.

She presented the first two novels in the series - Utterly Explosive and Utterly Fuelled - to the masses at a signing in Waterstones, in Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday.

Mrs Manders, of Battisford, said: “I’ve tried to give them very much a Suffolk flavour. Someone said they were a bit like Midsomer Murders so it’s all believable - just.”

Utterly Explosive sees the trio drawn into a web of home grown terrorism activities as one of them is based at a carpentry site close to Wattisham Airfield.

In the second book they get caught in the fuel gang wars.

After working as an ENT surgeon for more than 30 years at Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals, she said it would have been ‘easy to write from the pathologist’s point of view’ but wanted to try something different.

She explains: “I haven’t written novels before. I’ve just retired and have all of these ideas and adventures in my head that I want to write about.

“Crime happens to be what I like reading so it’s a natural thing. I wanted to come up with something just a little bit fresh and different.

“After I retired I signed up for a carpentry course so you ought to write what you know about and try to make it sound plausible.”

She is now working on the third installment in the series and has ideas for the fourth.

The front covers were designed by neighbour and artist Rebecca Moss-Guyver.

The novels are available frrom as paperbacks and in e-book form.