Hi everyone! Here’s the blurb for my new mystery novel! It’s available in ebook, hardcover, and audio book. Please ask your local library to order it in, and I’d love to see your reviews!
In this clever reimagining of Charles Dickens’s life, he and fiancée Kate Hogarth must solve the murder of a spinster wearing a wedding gown . . .
London, June 1835: In the interest of being a good neighbor, Charles checks in on Miss Haverstock, the elderly spinster who resides in the flat above his. But as the young journalist and his fiancée Kate ascend the stairs, they are assaulted by the unmistakable smell of death. Upon entering the woman’s quarters, they find her decomposing corpse propped up, adorned in a faded gown that looks like it could have been her wedding dress, had she been married. A murderer has set the stage. But to what purpose?
As news of an escaped convict from Coldbath Fields reaches the couple, Charles reasonably expects the prisoner, Ned Blood, may be responsible. But Kate suspects more personal motives, given the time and effort in dressing the victim. When a local blacksmith is found with cut manacles in his shop and arrested, his distraught wife begs Charles and Kate to help. At the inquest, they are surprised to meet Miss Haverstock’s cold and haughty foster daughter, shadowed by her miserably besotted companion. Secrets shrouded by the old woman’s past may hold the answers to this web of mystery. But Charles and Kate will have to risk their lives to unveil the truth . . .
The magnificent Tim Campbell is back narrating book 2 in the A Dickens of a Crime series. Even my kid likes it the sample we heard! It can be preordered now and it will be out in less than a week – July 30th!
Just a little humor for you. For some reason my image looks fine until I upload it, then it goes sideways. But at least it shows it’s a real paperback! Not only that, it’s just gone on sale on Amazon for a few pennies over ten bucks. Not a bad deal!
Long ago, I was the foreman on a trial, and out of that experience came this book. I wrote it over a dozen years ago, so it becomes a bit of a historical piece of Kent, WA, but it’s freshly edited for the reissue and I’m editing the sequel now. If you enjoy legal thrillers and women in jeopardy stories, check it out!