Profile : Betty O'Rourke
a child, Betty O’Rourke wanted to live in a caravan and write
books, or alternatively, be a lighthouse keeper, because she had
the idea that all she needed to do would be to turn the light on
at dusk and off again at dawn, giving her plenty of time and solitude
the age of 20 Betty went to work in Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross
Road. Later she became a Library Assistant, and studied to become
a Chartered Librarian. She met her future husband at Library School.
They spent the first two years of married life in the United States
where she worked as a children’s librarian at Brooklyn Public
return from the States they started a family. As soon as their four
children were sufficiently independent to give Betty some time to
herself, she began writing seriously.
Betty joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association and through
their New Writers’ Scheme became published by Robert Hale.
She has had subsequent successes with Hale, D.C. Thomson, Ulverscroft
Large Print and now Transita.
written mainly romance with a thread of mystery in the past, Betty
wanted to reverse the focus and write a mystery with a thread of
romance – After Michael
is the result.
now lives in Reading with her husband.
eyes turned to the other people in this small, select group, then
paused. Who was that young woman standing
behind and slightly to Colin’s right? She knew everyone
else gathered here; close friends and neighbours of Michael and
herself, but she was quite sure she’d never seen this young
Fiona Latimer learns that her husband Michael has died of a sudden
heart attack alone in his London flat, she is shocked but not
devastated. She and Michael had led increasingly separate lives
in their last few years. At the funeral, two people arrive unexpectedly,
each of whom will have a great deal of influence on future events.
There is Anthea, a girl who knows more about Michael than she
will admit, and Simon, a man from Fiona’s past whom she
now realises she should have married instead. Gradually, the secrets
of Michael’s past are uncovered, and when the final, shocking
betrayals are at last revealed Fiona discovers her life with him
was not at all what it had seemed.
was completely gripped by this fast-paced, well-written mystery…only
pick this book up if you have time to devote to it, as you will
find it hard to put down.’