I’ve just found out that an old police colleague of mine has written a novel set in the Indian Mutiny and the New Zealand Wars. Ken Brewer’s book The Enfield Conspiracy is available on Amazon here:
I haven’t read the book yet (after all, I only found out about it a couple of hours ago!). But I’ll be ordering it, as it covers a military period I’m interested in.
This novel is apparently going to lead on to sequels in which the hero eventually becomes a New Zealand policeman. I think a colonial whodunnit series based on real history will be terrific.
During the 1980s, when the New Zealand Police was celebrating its centenary, Ken and I both wrote non-fiction books on the history of our respective police districts. In today’s belt-tightening financial climate, it is hard to believe that serving police officers were once given time to research and write books!
We were both members of the small police contingent who took part in the Treaty of Waitangi reenactment back in 1990. So we spent quite some time together immersed in New Zealand history, as seen in the pic below (that’s Ken on the far right, and me on the far left – click to enlarge the picture).
I haven’t seen Ken for some years, so hope to renew acquaintanceship with him, now that I see our common interest in history has progressed in his case to novel-writing. This is something I dearly would have loved to do myself, though I don’t think I’m enough of a natural story-teller.