Celebrity Travel: Go away with Elly Griffiths
Elly Griffiths’ latest novel, “Bleeding Heart Yard” (Mariner Books, $27.99), is a page-turning whodunnit that revolves around a group of friends who committed murder two decades ago. Fast-forward to their class reunion, where a prominent politician may have died of an overdose … or was killed. The British author said that living on the south coast of England is the perfect place for a crime writer such as herself. “Brighton has the reputation for being a little bit wicked. The writer Keith Waterhouse said it has the air of a town that is helping the police with their inquiries.”
Q: What else do you love about living in Brighton?
A: I may be biased, but I think it is a wonderfully historic town that also contains great independent shops. It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside. On top of all that, you’ve got the sea.
Q: How did you deal with not being able to travel, especially during the early part of this pandemic?
A: I’m very lucky to live near the sea. During lockdown, I walked to the beach every day. I think it’s very good for your mental health to be able to look as far as the horizon. I also swim in the sea from May to December. It’s very cold at first, but feels wonderful afterwards. My daughter and I always swim on Christmas morning.
Q: If you had to cancel travel plans due to the pandemic, where were they to?
A: We had made plans to visit our house in Italy, but had to postpone them. I’m half Italian and have lots of friends and family there. It was wonderful to see them when we were finally able to travel.
Q: Where have you visited for work that you went back to later for a vacation?
A: Denmark. My books seem to have struck a chord with Danish readers, which is wonderful. I had such a great time meeting my publishers in Copenhagen and attending a crime-writing festival in Horsens that I went back with my husband. Andy is an archaeologist, so he got very excited about the bog bodies in Jutland. I loved the Tivoli Gardens and the restaurants.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?