Charlie’s latest newsletter

Nearly at the equinox – getting so much lighter up here in the northern hemisphere. We get all four seasons in a day in March, though, in this part of England.
The big news is that my next book, The Deadliest Fall, has a release date of June 5th. This is the story I started to write as a romance, got to the end of the first chapter and found myself typing in the murder…which means it’s a romantic mystery. The story’s set in 1947, features two ex-lovers – one a veterinary surgeon, the other an ex-Bletchley bod – one of whom harbour suspicions that the other committed a murder during the war. It also has a dog, Max, who’s clearly a naughtier forerunner of Campbell. I’m allowed to share this teaser of the cover and will post the proper one, and the blurb, as soon as I can.

The release timing is great, because June is also National Crime Reading Month, so keep an eye out both online and locally here in the UK for all sorts of events for lovers of mysteries.

Friday 17th March is the big Rainbow Gold Reviews 9th anniversary chat with prizes on offer and lots of authors to quiz. Jamie Merrow, Jaime Samms, Lynn Van Dorn and yours truly will be there at 1400 GMT and I’ll be offering a £5/$5 (or equivalent) Amazon gift card.
Titles on offer
Several of my titles are at present listed on Amazon for under $3 (or whatever that equates to in your neck of the woods).  Lessons in Love and Pack up Your Troubles are among a whole bunch of books you’ll find if you go here and sort by price.
I’ll pick out Second Helpings as I’m rather fond of it. The story was my first Riptide title and is much more sombre than my usual style.
Stuart Collins’s life might as well have ended a year ago when his partner died in a car crash. Even Stuart’s widowed father has found new love with an old friend, Isabel Franklin, so why can’t Stuart be bothered to try?
Then he gets a phone call from Isabel’s son, Paul, who wants to check out whether or not Mr. Collins is good enough for his mother. During dinner together, though, they end up checking out each other. Trouble is, Paul’s got a boyfriend — or maybe he doesn’t, since the boyfriend’s supposedly giving Paul the push by ignoring him. Or maybe Paul just wants to have his cake and eat it too.
Honesty with each other is the only way to move forward. But maybe honesty with themselves is what they really need.



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