Welcome to the 5 day Mini Blog Blitz for Mum’s The Word by Lorraine Turnbull, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Mum’s the Word starts with a murder, but although the tense and tantalising question from the beginning has to be ‘Does she get away with it?’, the novel is peppered with everyday life and some good old fashioned Scottish humour. I didn’t want to put readers off with descriptions of blood and gore or gratuitous violence; life is tough enough at the best of times, so many hours of reading, rereading and rewriting took place to achieve the right sort of balance. Yes, it’s a book for women – only women can truly understand the hollowness of an empty marriage, of working in what is primarily a man’s world and facing their golden years knowing the best is behind them. But I hope the story is also uplifting and holds the hope that no matter what age we are, we can all hope for a ‘happy ever after’.
When Ann-Marie Ross murders her abusive husband and feeds him to the pigs, she thinks she’s got away with murder and secured the future of her Scottish cider farm. But she soon finds herself having to keep more than one deadly secret to protect those closest to her.
As four women embrace their new-found independence, Ann-Marie is tormented by the threat of discovery.
A darkly comic tale of murder, friendship and Love. “Wickedly funny”
Lorraine Turnbull was born and bred in Glasgow, and has had a varied career including being a front-line police officer. In 2005 she escaped to the country and set up a smallholding in Cornwall, where she started a small cider business and won a prestigious sustainability award. In 2017 she relocated to South West France and began her writing career. She has produced five books, all with a farming theme. Mum’s the Word is her debut novel.