Behind Closed Doors by JJ Mash: Crime novel set in Zurich
Interview with Jill Mash, author if the Zurich based crime novel "Behind Closed Doors".
Please introduce yourself: who you are, where you’re from, what brought you to Zurich and what do you do. I’m Jill Marsh and I come from Wales. Love brought me to Zürich – my husband is Swiss. As well as writing novels, I teach Business English, I’m a magazine columnist and I arrange Zürich writers’ events with Nuance Words.
What inspired you to set your crime novel in Zurich? The atmosphere of Zürich itself was the inspiration. I get the impression of a city with a deceptively calm surface, where much of the action is hidden away. That’s why this book had to be set here. Hence the title.
Is Zurich a fruitful setting for a novel? Very much so. It’s a city of contrasts, full of personality and with some dramatic extremes. For example, I was able to set one scene in Langstrasse and another on the Gold Coast.
Will the readers recognise some locations? Definitely. I’ve tried to be as accurate as I can in my representation and only taken a little poetic licence with my police station and the layout of Fraumünster.
What do you like best about living in Zurich? So many things, but probably the seasons. Each has its own identity, rituals, festivals and even food.
Which is your favourite bar? Depends on my mood, but a regular haunt is Corazon on Zähringerplatz. And the James Joyce is perfect for a quiet read.
Your favourite restaurant? I don’t eat meat, so it has to be Hiltl and its gorgeous veggie buffet. But a tip I got from your newsletter, Five Spices Thai, was also an excellent discovery. Thanks for that.
You're welcome! What is your favourite club? These days, the only clubs I frequent are book clubs.
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