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Rainbow snippet – Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour

Here’s a little bit from the latest adventure for the Cambridge Fellows, Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour.

Orlando was quiet as they strode along the Madingley Road, brain clearly whirring under salt and pepper curls all the way back to their shared home, Forsythia Cottage.

“Lovely night for looking at the stars,” Jonty had ventured at one point, before giving up trying to produce a response. He could wait until they crossed their own threshold.

Once they were ensconced with steaming cups of cocoa, from a thermos their housekeeper had left them, and in front of a banked down fire suitable to the slight chill in the air, Orlando seemed ready to have a question or two posed.

“Interesting conundrum, eh?”

“It would be,” Orlando agreed, “were it anyone else but him involved.”

More excerpts at the Rainbow Snippets group.

Newsletter 181

Afternoon all, or whatever time it is in your neck of the woods when you read this. We’re enjoying a typical August day, with blazing sun hard on the heels of a thunderstorm that produced hailstones the size of broad beans. As Flanders and Swann sang 50+ years ago, “August, cold and dank and wet, Brings more rain than any yet.”


Lots going on at the moment, the first of which is the release – just this Monday gone – of Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour, which is in both kindle and print form.
Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith like nothing more than being given a mystery to solve. But what happens when you have to defend your greatest enemy on a charge of murder?

I’m doing a blog tour, all stops of which are linked here as they appear. Comment at any stop (or all) to get your name into the hat to win an audio copy of Lessons in Love.

I’ve done an interview about the book for Mystery People, where Carol Westron asked me lots of excellent questions, like When a new character appears in their investigations, do you know from the beginning exactly what they are like and the role they are going to play, or do you discover it as you write? I had to get my thinking cap on.

There’s a great review of Broke Deep over at The good the bad and the unread.
All in all, a most delightful read, and a highly worthy addition to the world of Porthkennack.

And finally, my favourite picture from the Selsey Meet the Authors event last week. Me, with one of my writing heroes – Simon Brett – on the same table! Be still my racing heart…