A Preston North End fan, hellbent on committing the perfect murder is the latest literary leading man, thanks to a former teacher from Lancashire.
Anne Randell’s first novel, “Next Time It Will Be Perfect’ is now available via online retailer, Amazon, and Anne, from Lancaster, has drawn upon some of her favourite haunts for the novel’s location.
Anne said: “The story is mainly set in Preston with the main character, Benjamin Doyle, working as a legal adviser in the Magistrates’ Courthouse - when he is not committing murders.
Listening to the evidence being presented for his latest murder, Benjamin has time to write about and reflect upon his life as a serial killer and the progress of the trial is told through a series of newspaper articles, judge’s notes, witness testimonies.
And, as a PNE fan, Benjamin even sets upon taking revenge on a referee who made a fatal decision.
Former Deputy Headteacher at Scotforth School, where she taught for thirty years, Anne started the novel as a short story in her spare time.
She said: “I always wrote plays and poems for the children at the school and when I retired I took a couple of creative writing courses with the Open University.
“The novel took me a few years to complete as I just did a little bit here and there.
“I’ve always lived in the North West so I decided to set the novel in the places that I knew - including Preston.”
Since retiring Anne has continued to volunteer at the school to work with writing and reading groups.
And Anne credits her husband, Peter, also a former teacher ,as the reason for getting her book published.
She added: “He’s my proof-reader, I don’t think I’d have got very far without his editing and encouragement.”