To celebrate the release of her new book, Murder in the Village, we asked author Lisa Cutts to let us know a little more about her as part of our 'seven things' series. Here's what she had to reveal...

1. My partner and I got married on Maundy Thursday. The reason we picked that date was because it was cheaper than the rest of the Easter weekend. The day happened to fall on 20th April which someone later told me was Hitler’s birthday. So, well, thanks for ruining that!

2. If I have peas and sweetcorn on the same plate, I have to pick them apart.

3. I have webbed toes on both feet. I can swim moderately well too.

4. I was a police officer for twenty-five years and worked for most of my service investigating murders.

5. Lisa Cutts isn’t my real name and I wished I’d practiced my signature before my first book signing. I always feel I have to compensate for the awful scrawl by adding 'X X X'. Tragic, isn’t it?

6. My takeaway treat of choice has always been chicken jalfrezi, a dish I love and have enjoyed for about thirty years.

7. Agatha Christie is my favourite author.

Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts is available now.

About the author

Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When off duty she writes a fictitious version of her day job. She lives and works within the county of Kent with her husband and Labrador.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster books, Never Forget and Remember, Remember. Never Forgot was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 and the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 for Best Thriller. She has also written four books in the East Rise Incident Room series, Mercy Killing, Buried Secrets, Lost Lives and Don’t Trust Him. All four centre around DI Harry Powell and his Major Crime Team battling to solve the latest murders within the county. Currently she is writing the Little Challham mysteries, cosy mysteries set in a fictional village in Kent.

She writes a monthly column, Behind the Tape, for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers. In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival and help establish Murderous Medway, an annual crime fiction festival packed full of amazing author panels. As well as being on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book, Lisa has twice appeared on This Morning to chat about TV crime dramas Broadchurch and Line of Duty.

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