Sunday, January 26, 2014

Helen Smith's "Beyond Belief"

Helen Smith is a British novelist who lives in London.

Here she dreamcasts an adaptation of Beyond Belief, the new book in her Emily Castles mystery series:
My Emily Castles series would make an entertaining TV series, somewhere between Murder She Wrote and Midsomer Murders. Emily is a twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth who lives in London. She teams up with her friend and neighbor, the eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel, to investigate the murders that take place in her adventures.

Emily is loosely based on my daughter Lauren—Emily has her sweet nature and her dark hair and dimples. Obvious choices to play her would be Carey Mulligan or Jennifer Lawrence. Because Carey is English, I often mention her when asked who would play Emily.

Dr. Muriel would be played by Miriam Margolyes, a clever, eccentric actress who also looks just right for the part.

One of the main characters in Beyond Belief is a magician called Edmund Zenon. He has offered fifty thousand pounds to anyone who can prove the existence of the paranormal when the Belief and Beyond conference takes place in Torquay one weekend. I'd like to see him played by Tom Hiddleston.

If you've read the book and you have any thoughts about who should play any of the characters, I'd love to hear from you. Find me at my website, Twitter perch, or on Facebook.
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--Marshal Zeringue