City inspiration for murder story
Wednesday, 6th November, 2013
By Darrin Manuel
Author Wilhelm Ruff drew a crowd at Browzers Bookshop on the weekend when he launched his novel “Murder in Broken Hill”.
The book tracks the adventures of Alexander “Alyosha” Obermeyer, a retired chief inspector from Vienna who is trying to solve a mysterious murder in the outback.
Ruff travelled from Adelaide to Mulberry Vale cabins on numerous occasions when writing the book, drawing inspiration from a variety of local locations and characters.
He officially launched 214-page novella on Saturday and received a good response at the one-hour session.
“I sold around a dozen books, so that was pretty good, and for a while there was a little crowd around,” he said.
“I was very happy. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
With his first fiction offering on the shelves, Ruff said he would now contemplate whether to expand Alyosha’s story into a second book.
“I have a few ideas for a follow-up. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger,” he said.
“There’s a paragraph or two at the end that could be used as a link to a second book... but we’ll just wait and see.”
Mr Ruff said he wished to thank Browzers’ owners and staff for their assistance with the book launch.