Today’s intreview – Author Karen Millie-James

Two envelopes. Two holocaust survivors. Two anonymous bearer bonds each worth one million pounds. Corporate forensic investigator, Cydney Granger, with help from beyond the grave, enters a world previously unknown to her to unravel the truth behind a web of secrets, lies, corruption, blackmail and hidden Nazi loot as new horrors of the Third Reich come to light.

Still struggling to come to terms with the apparent death of her husband, Captain Steve Granger, five years’ earlier Cydney puts her personal feelings to one side and is determined to bring to justice an escaped Nazi criminal, Adolf Weissmuller, living under the assumed name of Albert Whiteman, whose son is about to run for the US presidency. Can Albert ever make amends for his crimes against humanity, or are some actions beyond forgiveness …?

Will Cydney, along with her trusted and tough protector, former sergeant, Sean O’Connell, also uncover the truth surrounding her husband?

The consequences of Cydney’s investigations, stretching back before WWII, are far reaching with the potential to bring down a banking dynasty as she faces insurmountable odds from which there is only one final solution.

The dramatic follow-up to The Shadows Behind Her Smile, a compelling debut which takes the reader from the heart of Cydney’s corporate world to the ruins of war-torn Damascus and where men will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.


From Chapter Sixteen:

“They took our precious girls.  We were helpless to do anything to prevent this.  A father’s role is to protect.  I couldn’t.  I blame myself and did so every day of my life.”

Words failed Cydney.  Her thoughts turned to Lauren, at aged eight, skipping and playing with her dolls without a care in the world, and back to the daughters of this couple before her, who were relying on her to help them so they could move on in peace.

“How?” she asked in a thin whisper, her voice tremulous, as she waited for Sybill to speak.

“They announced it. Twenty thousand children were to be sacrificed so the people of the ghetto could survive. Then it happened without warning.  The soldiers charged in and rounded up all our children at gunpoint, tearing into the hospital and every household.  I tried to hide Gerthe and Mathilde but there was nowhere and Mordecai and Hans were at the factory. My daughters pulled at my skirt whilst these men from hell dragged them off.  I can still hear their screams.  One man amongst them stood there watching, his hands folded against his chest, his eyes impassive.  I ran to him, got down on my knees before him and pleaded with him to spare my girls, no matter what it took. He simply kicked me away and laughed as I lay on the ground bleeding, watching my beautiful kinder leave through the gate never to return.”

“This man, Sybill …?”

“I would recognise him anywhere. Adolf Weissmuller!”



Karen Millie-James was born in North London to a father who had escaped Germany with the kindertransport in 1939 Karen attended the University of Westminster which led to her joining the legal department of Levi Strauss, quickly being promoted to European Group Company Secretary where she remained until the company closed down its UK headquarters. Twenty three years ago, Karen set up her own consultancy business and is now widely recognized internationally as an expert in the corporate field and she sits on many boards of directors in an advisory capacity.

 Karen never intended to write a book but what started as a hobby in her spare time away from the office, working in the evenings until late into the night and at weekends, has now become a new and exciting part of her life.

Her expertise in the world of business inspired her main character, forensic corporate investigator Cydney Granger. Karen now lives in the Buckinghamshire countryside with her husband of three years and their three dogs. She still works full-time in her business but the remainder is spent writing, playing tennis, going to the theatre and travelling, and having quality time with her daughter who is a professional singer. Where In the Dark is her second novel, her debut The Shadow Behind Her Smile was published in March 2016.





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