“…a place to escape mentally…”
Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce
This week, Col (ret’d) Dr Randy Wakelam, Director of the Writing Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of History, told me about the book he is currently enjoying: The Blackhouse by Peter May, a thriller set on a small island off the west coast of Scotland.
“I have family from England and Scotland, so I enjoy the geographical settings and cultural circumstances of the mysteries.” Having done his research in the UK, is there also a feeling of familiarity in the setting? “Oh sure: I like walking the same streets, and having a beer in the same pub, as the characters.”
“I love British police dramas,” says Dr Wakelam. Why? “They’re totally disconnected from my own research, and a place to escape mentally.” And why this particular book? “It was found treasure, actually: I picked it up from the used book trolley in the hallway of the swing space.”
So who would he be as his own British sleuth? “Just call me Nick Trout, Private Eye.”