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Miss Smith Commits The Perfect Crime? – Guy Rolands

Today I am joining the blog tour for Miss Smith Commits The Perfect Crime by Guy Rolands, and I am delighted to be joined by the man himself talking about the story behind the book. Many thanks to Guy for taking the time to talk to me, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.


Recovering from a brutal attack where she was savagely raped, university student Sam Smith attempts to rebuild her life and overcome the ongoing effects of her ordeal. Her ultimate goal is to bring her assailant to justice, but before she can do so her life and loves take a series of intriguing turns as she continues her sometimes unconventional education.

Eventually she is able to identify her attacker and decides to exact retribution in her own particular style, but during her preparations Sam becomes aware that her every move is being tracked by a mysterious organisation. To avoid detection by the police and also her hidden watchers, Sam Smith attempts to commit the perfect crime. However in the aftermath of her vigilante action events change rapidly to bring about a most unexpected outcome.

Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime? is the first book in the Sam Smith Adventure Series and can be read as a standalone.


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I suppose one way or another I have written for most of my life. As a teenager, I penned my first article under the pen-name of Ugly Panic. After this inauspicious start, I found myself writing professionally as a small part of my work in television. From continuity scripts and trailers, I progressed to writing commentaries for factual programmes. It was only when I stopped working in broadcasting that I could turn my attention to the far more interesting task of writing fiction, and this happened in a quite bizarre fashion.

Last year I rather clumsily fell and broke my foot. As I was virtually immobile for a couple of months, my eldest daughter (the author Jules Wake) said to me, ‘If you’ve nothing better to do Dad, why not write a book?’

I thought about this for a couple of days and tried to come up with some characters and a plot. The books of Stieg Larsson with his unlikely heroine Lisbeth Salander had been favourites of mine, and so I decided to create a British female agent with a bit more style, who would be hopefully more appealing than her grungy Swedish inspiration – a sort of female James Bond.

Thinking back over the many beautiful women I encountered when I produced and directed shows for television, I looked for someone who could visually represent my heroine, and one young dancer came to mind. This woman, who was barely twenty, had a flawless complexion, naturally golden hair, a figure to die for and a naive sexual allure. The men on the crew couldn’t do enough for her. Even our gay choreographer was drooling all over the young woman. This woman may be beautiful, graceful and athletic, but my heroine needed to be exceptionally tough physically and mentally as well.

My research for a series of lectures I gave about the Second World War had uncovered a woman who was fascinated me. Dropped into a chaotic situation in wartime France, resistance agent Nancy Wake took control through stealth, cunning and diplomacy, to unite disparate resistance groups into a well-organised fighting force which eventually numbered over five thousand men. She led her troops in guerilla warfare against the Nazis, unleashing surprise attacks against the enemy, killing some with her bare hands. Combining these two fascinating women into one, created my heroine, Sam Smith.

I started writing with a vague idea of where the plot was going, and to my surprise, the characters I had created took over. They dictated my story for me. I would wake up every morning with the outline of the next chapter clear in my mind. There’s a school of thought that says you need to work out the entire plot before you start to write. Maybe that works for some people, but to start with I just sat down and wrote. As I went along, I re-read sections and ruthlessly edited out anything that didn’t work. I stuck to the guidelines of the old radio programme “Just a Minute”: no hesitation, deviation or repetition.

I finished writing the first draft of Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime, but I had a problem: the original opening where the heroine was violently raped, was an instant spoiler; it gave completely the wrong impression, so I scrapped it. My goal was to create a light-hearted adventure romp. In desperation, I turned to one of my favourite authors, PG Wodehouse. The great writer was not noted for thrilling escapades, but he did have a penchant for setting his plots around prize pigs. In the footsteps of Lord Emsworth’s precious porker, I created Reggie, Super-Pig PP1052. The rest, as they say, is a mystery.

Having completed my first book and feeling quite pleased with myself, my daughter dropped a bombshell: ‘Dad, if you are self-publishing, one book is not enough; you have to write a series!’


Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime Photo Guy Caplin 1Guy Caplin worked in television broadcasting for over 40 years and is one of the few people to have achieved success in both the technical and artistic branches of the medium.  He has worked with many celebrities including, the Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope and Maria Callas.

He moved to ITV’s Yorkshire Television in 1969 as a Producer and Director of Sport, Outside Broadcasts and special events.  Among the many programmes he devised was the quiz programme “Winner Takes All” fronted by Jimmy Tarbuck and Geoffrey Wheeler, which under his tenure was regularly amongst the Top Ten TV programmes and twice reached the coveted Number One Spot.

When the final series of the hit American programme Dallas ran into technical problems in Hollywood in 1989, Guy left YTV and joined a UK broadcast engineering company to try to come up with a solution.  The solution proposed resulted in the creation of the DEFT process, which although too late to be used on Dallas, was used initially on the Simpsons and subsequently on Friends, Frasier, Superman and many others America series.  DEFT was awarded an Emmy for outstanding technical achievement.

Back in the UK Guy owned and ran a company creating video productions for both broadcast and industry, was a freelance trainer at the BBC and a visiting tutor at the National School of Film and Television

For the past thirteen years Guy has also been regular lecturer for P&O cruises and Cunard and has effectively travelled twice around the world.

Now, having closed his video company, he spends his time writing under the name of Guy Rolands and has now completed four novels in the Sam Smith Adventure series. Having worked all over the world and encountered hundreds of remarkable characters, his experiences provide colour and intrigue to his work.




Make sure you visit the other blogs that are joining the tour for more information about this book.

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