Underwater mysteries resurface in podcast

UNDERWATER mysteries are a common theme for crime novels, and one author, inspired by events at Thruscross Reservoir, has been lifting the lid on the fascinations of the deep.

Peter Robinson, author of novels including the Chief Inspector Alan Banks mysteries, has recorded a podcast for visitors to the Yorkshire Water reservoir.

His book, In A Dry Season, was inspired by the events at Thuscross in 1989, when receding water revealed the remains of a submerged village, West End.

Mr Robinson said: "It occurred to me that it would be fascinating if a body had been discovered at the time – and that was where the plot began.”

His novels are famously inspired by the Yorkshire landscape, but he is not alone in being intrigued by water – at least 70 other novels have been written about events linked to the flooding of a valley to create a new reservoir.

Rob Salmon, corporate affairs director for Yorkshire Water, said: “We're delighted Peter was happy to record a podcast about his work and the part played in many of his stories by the Yorkshire countryside – much of which is actually owned or managed by Yorkshire Water.”

The company is now encouraging visitors to download maps, guides and the podcast from their website, www.yorkshirewater.com/recreation, and visit the areas that have proved so inspirational.

Mr Salmon added: “We're all extremely fortunate to have such beautiful and unspoilt countryside on our doorsteps.”