Meet the author – Tessa Robertson

 

IMG_6172

I’m thrilled to be joined today by Tessa Robertson, whose sassy and seductive thriller Assassin By Day has just been released.

IMG_6170Here’s the blurb:

What would you do if the mystery to your mother’s death lay with your employer?

After years of unanswered questions, Mishka Vald sets out to uncover the skhodka’s involvement in her past. What she doesn’t expect is to join forces with men who push her to become a double-agent and confirm her future. While hunting down leads, the ruthless assassin realizes a life in the shadows is the only way for her to protect those she loves.

For Mishka, forbidden love is worth the pain when it comes to Eddie Harper, a military man turned cop. Her affection waivers when duty comes first and she joins forces with an elite Russian soldier, Alexei Petrovich. With a blackmailer threatening her school love, she seeks refuge with a fellow assassin, Nickolas Volkov. And when pushed too far, she’s ushered to a secure locations…and straight into the arms of mysterious handyman, Dylan Kain. As the pieces fall into place, their mangled order reveals each man’s true intention. Whose deceit can she accept and whose will obliterate her?

All roads lead back to the woman she thought dead—her mother. Now, as weddings are crashed and alliances tested, Mishka uncovers a deadly game and the players involved. Her heart, once unable to budge, is thrust into action, but which man can keep her soul intact?

You can buy the book here: myBook.to/assassinday

Q&A

Thanks so much for visiting the coffee shop Tessa. What can I get you?

I will take a vanilla chai latte and some cherry cheesecake please 🙂 Awesome, thank you so much!

Which fictional character would you like to spend a day with?

I would love to spend a day with my main character, Mishka Vald. She would definitely keep me on my toes the entire time. We both have foul mouths and sassy attitudes, so I think we’d get along. I’m not an assassin like her, but I think it would be fun to kick a bit of ass and look sexy doing it.

I’m glad to hear you’re not an assassin! What is your favourite film?

Choosing a favourite film is like asking what book is my favourite. I have too many, but I’ll narrow it down to the thriller genre as Assassin By Day is along those lines. I would say the Bourne movies are the ones I can watch over and over and never tire of them. The intricate plot, action, and mystery involved with the main character gets me every time.

I can never get enough of the Bourne movies! What made you choose to write a thriller/suspense novel?

As a reader, I like to be motivated to continue a book and feel an emotional connection through action and mystery. The same can be said as to why I write this genre. I want readers to engage in the story and keep flipping pages because they need to know what happens next.

If your book was made into a film or TV series who would you cast in the main role?

This is a writer’s dream come true, so of course, I already have the roles cast. For Mishka, I would choose Marie Avgeropoulos. Although, she’s MUCH shorter than Mishka in the book, she fits the overall appearance of this character.

Tell me one thing about yourself that would surprise people.

Not many people know that I am double jointed in my arms/shoulders. It’s really funny when people first see it and I love that I’m a bit of a freak.

That certainly is impressive! Thank you for answering my questions and huge congratulations on the book – I’m looking forward to reading it. 

 

IMG_6171Tessa Robertson has been landlocked in the heart of Iowa, USA for the better portion of her life. She grew up on sci-fi and action movies, but isn’t nearly a ninja…yet. Since childhood, writing stories and reading have been a constant. Moonlighting in a law firm, she takes on her favorite cases: criminal. Her stories push the limits of standard characters and explore the thriller facets of romance and action.
In her spare time, Tessa attempts to teach her Australian Shepherd and Golden Retriever new tricks; spends copious time with family; catches up on her favorite shows; and listens to country music.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoringtessa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoringtessarobertson
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/65443730-tessa-robertson
Website: https://authortessarobertson.wordpress.com/

Advertisements

Author visit – Isabella May

IMG_6133It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome Isabella May into the coffee shop today – and it will come as no surprise that we are chatting over some pavlova.

Isabella’s debut novel has the unforgettable title of Oh! What a Pavlova and has been getting loads of social media interest. I just had to see what this book was about – and find out some more about the author behind it.

Isabella lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… and her second novel is already in the hands of her publishers

IMG_6132

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

You can buy the book here: myBook.to/pavlova

 

Q&A time

Does where you live affect the way you write?

Living in this part of Spain definitely helps the creativity to flow. From my house I can see not only the beach and the Mediterranean sea, but the mountains besides, and sometimes, if I crane my neck out of my son’s bedroom window, I can even add Morocco and Gibraltar to the mix. Most of all though, the quality of light in this part of the world is magical.

That sounds absolutely idyllic. What’s your favourite tipple?

I’m going to be ‘naughty’ and choose two! I love a well-made Pina Colada… The Waldorf Astoria in NY raises the bar pretty high, as does one of our local gin and cocktail bars here up the coast. I’m also a sucker for Campari with Blood Orange, preferably whilst sitting in an Italian piazza (but the way it was made in the good old days, with cochineal). Nowadays, I believe this is substituted with food colouring and the taste just doesn’t compare.

Your favourite film?

Film? That’s a tough one because I’m as fickle with my movies as I am with my books. It has to be something mind-blowing and outstanding to make me watch it twice, especially when there are so many other pieces of cinema out there that I haven’t yet seen. I think for sheer audacity, wit and imaginative storyline, it would probably have to be ‘Catch Me If You Can’. No, of course this has nothing to do with the fact Leo has the starring role in it…

Favourite place?

I honestly don’t have a favourite place. I really love to travel and the destinations I have visited are each so unique and special in their very different ways. I do have a penchant for Italy though, perhaps over and above most other European countries. Bologna, in particular, is a city which is very underrated – and all the better for it! When it comes to scenery, nowhere on Earth has (yet) come close to rivaling the chocolate box beauty of New Zealand’s south island. The green there is just so much greener, the sea so much bluer. It truly is heaven.

I’d love to go to New Zealand – need to sell a few more books…Now my next question is what was the first book that made an impression on you and why?

I think the Mallory Towers books really made their mark on me. I was bullied at high school and would have been reading them around that time. The fun and games at Enid Blyton’s fictitious school were a welcome relief to the taunting I encountered day after day, and the idea of an all girls’ school definitely seemed a whole lot tamer.

I loved those books too. I’m sorry to hear about the bullying but as they say success is the best revenge – and I bet those children would give a lot to be where you are now. What do you like best about being a writer?

All those hours of creativity stretching out before me (with coffee and cake to hand) is undoubtedly the best part of the job. There’s no better feeling than writing when you are in the flow, blissfully unaware of the concept of time, and then reading back over something quite magical, whose origins you really cannot fathom!

And least?

But then reality bites… and you have to market that book and hope for some sales. Gone are the days when this was solely a publishing house’s responsibility. So out comes the Author Hat and you just get on with it. But I try to make it as fun as possible by focusing on the aspects of marketing that I most enjoy.

And finally please can you tell me one thing about you that would surprise people?

Well, I was twice offered an interview to appear on The Apprentice. And twice I turned the opportunity down. Thank God. One of those years involved the one and only Katy Hopkins, who would probably have eaten my Self-Help loving self up for breakfast…and spat me out by elevenses, although it could have made some great TV. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly why my application stood out that particular year, and exactly why the production company even called me up to ask if I was ‘sure’. I can’t deny being more than a little torn when they went to those lengths, but boy am I glad I trusted my gut instinct not to go through with it. Apparently I was destined to be an author instead…

I’m a huge fan of The Apprentice so I would have loved to have seen you in it but I’m so glad you decided to take the author route instead. I wish you loads of luck with your book. Can’t wait to read it!

You can follow Isabella here:

http://www.isabellamayauthor.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

 

Lies for less

 

IMG_6004

Buy Lies Mistakes and Misunderstandings at half price this week from Monday 28th August!

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. If you’re looking for something to read on holiday or over the weekend you might like to know that my 1930s psychological, gothic novel Lies, Mistakes and Misunderstandings is available at half price 99p/99c this week only as part of my publisher’s summer eBook sale.

Jack’s quest to find the mysterious girl who invited herself into his life and then disappeared shortly before a brutal murder is discovered is full of twists and turns. IMG_6010

I must be honest, Jack is a flawed character so if you like your books to be about steel-jawed super-heroes it might not be for you. He is an embittered young Have-not in a world of Haves who has achieved nothing in the year since he graduated from Cambridge. It’s 1931 and the height of recession so a very difficult time for anyone to get a job without a recommendation and he doesn’t have the right connections. Then just as his life was beginning to turn around he has fallen foul of the people who might have helped him.

But he is also an innocent led into a world he is unprepared for.

“The main character Jack reminded me of some of Daphne du Maurier’s heroes (or anti-heroes), people who find themselves stuck like flypaper once they’re involved.”

(Francophile, reader review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

“I sort of fell in love with Jack”

Booklover Bev, reader review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

IMG_6005

 

When he meets Giselle she seems to represent everything he wants. But it gradually becomes clear she is not who she says she is.

 

 

After a brutal murder is discovered Jack’s life depends on finding Giselle to prove his alibi – but how can he find someone who doesn’t exist?

What the readers say (some five star reviews):

“This book is fantastic. I usually only read romance novels but this mystery had me hooked from the first page”

“Sharp and intelligent prose that keeps you on the edge of your seat”

“Complex and intriguing”

“Couldn’t put it down!”

“Brilliant holiday read – gripping from start to finish”

“The historical detail covering the period before, during and after the war really added interest and the descriptions of Italy were especially vivid.”

You can see more five star reviews and buy the book at the special price from Amazon or click on this link  http://mybook.to/LiesMM as part of the Crooked Cat Summer Sale.

If 1930s gothic psychological suspense isn’t your thing you will find lots of great reads in other genres in the sale including historical, crime, romance and chick lit. Happy reading 📚💕

IMG_6002

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crime file – Death in Dulwich

Today’s coffee shop guest is Alice Castle, author of Death in Dulwich which comes out on September 6th. I so enjoyed reading this cosy crime novel which is the first in a series (see my review on the Katy’s bookshelf page) so I really wanted to know more about Alice – I have an Author Q&A for you but first here’s a bit about the book:

IMG_5556

Thirty-something widow Beth Haldane has her hands full – she has a bouncy nine-year-old son, a haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own and a ton of bills to pay. She loves her little home in plush south London suburb Dulwich, but life here doesn’t come cheap.

That’s why she is thrilled to land a job as archivist at top local school Wyatt’s – though she has an inkling the post is not what it seems and she doesn’t think much of her new boss, Dr Jenkins, either. Then, on her first day at work, Dr Jenkins is brutally murdered. Beth finds the body, and realises she is the prime suspect, with means, opportunity and a motive.

Beth has no choice but to try and clear her name, bringing herself into conflict with the police and the school. But who is the real culprit? And is the cause of the killing a horrifying secret buried deep in the school’s past, or does evil lurk behind the comfortable façade of daily Dulwich life?

Beth grows in confidence during her dogged pursuit of the murderer and, by the end of the book, is ready for any adventures that may come her way. Which is just as well, because there’s trouble brewing at the Dulwich Picture Gallery ….

You can buy Death in Dulwich here

Author Q&A 

Who is your favourite crime writer?

This is really difficult, as I have loads of favourites and it’s really hard, actually impossible, to pick just one. I read most of the Sherlock Holmes stories as a teenager during a bout of flu, I just couldn’t get enough of them and I’m still a huge fan of Arthur Conan Doyle. At the same sort of time, I started reading Agatha Christie and also fell in love with Georgette Heyer’s whodunits – there aren’t many of them but they are great.

IMG_5559

From there it was a straight progression to Margery Allingham and Dorothy L Sayers. I then flirted with slightly harder-edged, more contemporary crime, like Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, before deciding I liked my crime cosy rather than with a cruel edge.

I’ve also loved discovering Scandi noir crime, Italian crime and French crime, and love the mean streets of American noir as well, but my heart is probably at home in England, in a small village, with a few of the usual suspects, preferably including a vicar with a dodgy past and a few unexpected cousins popping up. Yes, I’m looking at you, Agatha Christie. She had a phenomenal output of stories, some of which are a bit formulaic, but there are some real gems amongst them.

What about your favourite film?

Some Like it Hot – it isn’t a whodunit but there is certainly an element of danger in our heroes’ flight from the mob and the comedy is irresistible. Marilyn Monroe is at her most luminous and Jack Lemmon’s last line is a classic. I’m also a huge fan of the Ridley Scott film, Bladerunner, which combines romance, tragedy, sci-fi and a detective story in a slick futuristic dystopia.

Favourite cake?

At the moment I’m not eating sugar, after a brush with cancer, but I love making cakes and my favourite is probably coffee and walnut, though I am also a sucker for all types of chocolate cake.

[Alice talks about the cancer diagnosis in her blog http://www.dulwichdivorcee.com.  She promised herself that if she got through the illness she would write a novel so this book is a celebration of life as well as a cracking murder mystery.]

Who is your favourite fictional villain?

Probably the chilling Ripley from Patricia Highsmith’s tour de force The Talented Mr Ripley. I remember dropping the book in shock at one point, full of genuine horror as the true psychopathic dimension of Ripley’s character revealed itself for the first time.

If you could change the ending to any book which one would it be?

If I could change any ending, it would be irresistible to just add the words, ‘to be continued…’ to the last page of Pride and Prejudice. I’d love to know how Elizabeth and Mr Darcy got on!

I would too! If you could be any fictional detective who would it be?

I’d rather like to be one of Raymond Chandler’s world-weary but dauntless detectives, negotiating the big city armed with only a dry wit and a sharp trenchcoat.

 If ‘Death in Dulwich’ was made into a TV series who would you cast in the main role?

Gosh, I’d love to dream of my cosy crime books being made into a series. My heroine, Beth Haldane, is in her thirties and is a single mum, so I’d have to pick an actress who had that slightly frazzled edge but still managed to be appealing – an English Emma Stone would be fine!

What gave you the idea for the book?

I’ve always loved whodunits and I’d been toying with various ideas for a while when the plot of Death in Dulwich came to me and I decided to take the plunge and start writing.

And finally why Dulwich?

I lived in Dulwich for four years after returning to the UK after nearly a decade in Brussels. It’s a beautiful corner of south east London with a distinctive village feel. It would be too much of a stretch to compare it directly with St Mary Mead, Miss Marple’s stamping ground, but it has similarities.

It is a small place where everyone knows each other, and each other’s business! I thought it would work well to ground my story in a real place but, of course, to write about fictional events and characters. Other books in the series will focus on other areas of south London but Dulwich will always be Beth Haldane’s home.

Thanks Alice – I hope the book is a huge success.

 

IMG_5557About Alice

Alice Castle lives in South London with her two children, two stepchildren, two cats and husband. She was a feature writer on the Daily Express for many years and has written for most other national newspapers. She has a degree in Modern History from St Andrews University, is the British Royalty expert for Flemish TV, and lived in Brussels for nearly a decade. Her chick lit novel, Hot Chocolate, sold out in two weeks. Her second book, Death in Dulwich, is the first in the London Murder Mystery series. The next book, The Girl in the Gallery, will appear in early 2018. Alice also runs one of the UK’s top 500 parent blogs, at http://www.dulwichdivorcee.com, and you can find her on Twitter at @DDsDiary.

Published today – Social Anxiety Revealed by Miriam Drori

IMG_5817Today’s guest post is from Miriam Drori, co-author of The Women Friends: Selina (see my review on the Katy’s bookshelf 2017 page of this website). But Miriam is here to talk about her non-fiction book on social anxiety which is hot off the press. Over to you, Miriam!

The Song that Speaks to Me
Paul Simon wrote a lot of lines that I’ve identified with. Lines like: The problem is all inside your head, she said to me. Or: People talking without speaking.
But no song has spoken to me as much as: Something so Right.

I was nineteen when I first heard it, trying to become an adult but missing the tools I never acquired due to social anxiety, trying to make sense of thoughts I assumed belonged to no one but me.

And Paul Simon sang, “I’ve got a wall around me you can’t even see.”

Yes, that’s it! I thought. That’s exactly how I am.

And yes, that’s why people can’t get through to me and I can’t get close to them. I often sang the song to myself and felt comforted that someone else understood that feeling. I didn’t sing it to anyone else, as I was embarrassed about the feeling. Thirty years later I discovered social anxiety and realised that a lot of people feel the same way. What a shame it took so long.

Being alone with such thoughts is lonely and isolating.

Discovering the name has made a big difference to me and also led to the creation of a book, Social Anxiety Revealed. The book isn’t just my story, but rather many stories told via anonymous quotes from others who experience or have experienced social anxiety.

It’s intended not just for people who have social anxiety. It’s just as relevant for anyone who knows someone who might have it. It’s not a self-help book, although it does contain a few tips. It simply explains what social anxiety is – all aspects of it.

This book has awakened interest from many sources. It’s going right, and I’m determined not to be confused and say I can’t get used to something so right.

Thank you Miriam – I love those songs too and can identify with that feeling. The book sounds great. Good luck with it – I hope it’s a huge success.

IMG_5818About Miriam
Miriam Drori is the author of a romance, Neither Here Nor There, and co-author of The Women Friends: Selina, the first in a series of novellas based on a painting by Gustav Klimt. She is married with three adult children and enjoys folk dancing, hiking, touring and reading.
Miriam sees the publication of Social Anxiety Revealed as an important step in fulfilling an ambition that began in about 2003: to raise awareness of a condition that’s very common yet little known.
She has struggled with social anxiety for the past fifty years, although for thirty-five of those years, she didn’t even know the name of it or that a name existed. Only recently has she come to the conclusion that she shouldn’t have been struggling at all, but rather making friends with it.

In order to introduce this book and as a place for discussions with readers, Miriam has begun a blog that’s devoted solely to the topic of social anxiety: http://socialanxietyrevealed.wordpress.com Everyone is welcome to visit and comment.

Links for the Blog Tour
Miriam Drori can be found all over the Internet, including:
Miriam’s website and blog, Facebook Author Page and Twitter @MiriamDrori.
Social Anxiety Revealed is available from Amazon in paperback and ebook formats http://mybook.to/socialanxietyrevealed.

 

The tragedy of Sant Anna di Stazzema

Today is the anniversary of the one of the worst war crimes in Italy – the massacre at Sant Anna di Stazzema, a small mountain village in the Lucca province, Tuscany, during the Second World War.

On 12th August 1944 the SS killed 560 people in Sant Anna and the surrounding villages, most of whom were women, children and elderly.  The youngest victim Anna Pardini was only 20 days old but eight pregnant women were also killed with their unborn babies.

As the novel I’m writing deals with a secret connecting Villa Leonida to a wartime reprisal massacre I visited St Anna as part of my research. The museum there tells the story of what happened on that day.

It’s not a feel-good experience and if you’re only spending a few days in Tuscany on holiday it probably won’t be top on your list of places to go for a fun day out but for me, seeing how remote and inaccessible the village was really brought home how ruthlessly thorough the retreating German army was.

They had to go so far out of their way to get to such a tiny place and didn’t leave until they had killed everyone they could find although they could see the village was undefended. Many of the victims had been evacuated to St Anna to avoid the Allied strafing of the coastal plain.

The best way to get there is from the coast side, off the A12 following the signs from Pietrasanta or Forte dei Marmi which is the route the German army would have taken. You can also reach it by taking the road from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana across the marble mountains, the Apuan Alps. It is stunningly scenic but involves soaring climbs and dizzying turns so definitely not recommended if any of your party gets car sick.

(I took that route once by mistake, unaware that my husband had set the satnav to ‘avoid motorways.’ With four moaning teenagers, a stuck CD and a plane to catch, it wasn’t a comfortable journey!)

We visited the museum with our eleven year old son and it was very moving to see the photographs of all the children who died and some of the victims’ belongings that were found with some of them including a doll and some steel bands that the fascist government handed out to women in exchange for their wedding rings. Eight siblings from one family, aged from a few months to fifteen years, died along with their mother. The first hand accounts by survivors make harrowing reading.

IMG_1596Early in the morning the soldiers arrived in Sant Anna, having being told about some partisan activity in the area.

Many of the men had moved up into the hills in the belief that the soldiers wouldn’t harm innocent women and children but they were mistaken.

People were mostly either shot or burned to death in buildings when hand grenades were thrown in.

130 people were taken from the houses in Sant Anna, the primary school (now the museum) where about 50 evacuees were living and the neighbouring village of Il Pero and rounded up in the little square in front of the church at the centre of the village.

A survivor, writer Manlio Cancogni (who died in 2015), recalled: “They almost snatched them from their beds. They were half dressed, their limbs drowsy with sleep. Everyone was thinking they were going to be moved from those places to others…”

A pastor who was among the evacuees pleaded with the SS to spare their lives but when he saw there was no way he was going to be able to persuade them he knelt down with the villagers and prayed with them as they wept. After a few minutes the Germans loaded the guns and fired. There were no survivors.

Their bodies were burned on a bonfire made from furniture that had been ripped from the church. The SS sat there eating their lunch as the bodies burned.

IMG_1617They then moved on to surrounding villages so some people who had escaped and run to hide there had to go through the experience a second time.

Enrico Pieri was ten at the time and lost all his family except for an uncle, an aunt and another uncle who had been sent to Germany. He and the children of another family hid under the stairs when the Germans came and started shooting. But the soldiers set fire to the house and the children had to escape. They hid among some beans for hours. When they eventually crept out and went back to the house in the afternoon they found everyone dead.

“I have decided to forgive,” he said at 78 years old, “but I will never forgive the evil ideology behind it. I’ve stopped hating because hatred doesn’t solve anything. Because that period was a period of real hatred between people from the same village, the same family. Hatred is what led to the destruction of humanity – almost.”

Although a part of me feels uncomfortable visiting places like this just as it does the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam as though it’s intruding on other people’s grief, the historian in me thinks that only by facing up to these past events and keeping the memory alive can we stop them happening in future.

What’s your opinion? I’d love to hear your views.

To find out more visit http://www.santannadistazzema.org

 

It’s Publication Day for Barnabas Tew and the case of the missing scarab

I am so thrilled that Columbkill Noonan has just stopped by with her debut novel, hot off the press – “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab”, a “weirdly wonderful” Victorian detective caper. Sounds right up my street!

It has been described by Nathan Robinson, author of “Devil Let Me go” as “fast-paced as it is thrilling, as funny as it is original; feels like an old-school caper”.

IMG_5543

A day in the life of Barnabas Tew
When Barnabas lived in Marylebone, life was as it should be: dull, predictable, and, above all, orderly. His days were passed much as those of any other proper British detective of good, if middling, social standing.

He’d rise early in the morning (as only ne’er-do-wells stayed in bed past seven, in Barnabas’ opinion). He’d have a nice breakfast of some bland, boiled something-or-other, served by his landlady. Then he’d perhaps spend a few minutes reading the paper before welcoming his assistant, Wilfred, and then opening his doors for a proper day of work.

(Of course, there was little traffic through those doors, because Barnabas, whilst an earnest and hardworking man, was also not terribly good at detective work; indeed, his clients were just as likely to suffer an untimely death as to have their cases solved, despite Barnabas’ best efforts to prevent such tragic and terribly upsetting occurrences.)

Barnabas, like any good Victorian detective, likes things just-so. Breakfasts ought to be had on time, gardens ought to be properly kept and carefully tended (by a gardener, of course, since once mustn’t get one’s hands dirty), people should be neatly and properly dressed in clothing appropriate to their station in life. Everyone must always do their duty, at the proper time and in the proper way. But, to Barnabas, the most important rule of all is that one must always be polite, no matter the circumstances.

Then, suddenly, once day, everything changes.

Barnabas, together with Wilfred, is unexpectedly (and most unpredictably) whisked off to the Egyptian underworld to solve a case for Anubis, the God of the Dead. Here, things are not orderly, not even in the slightest; gardens are decidedly unkempt, nothing is predictable, and people do not dress according to British laws of fashion. Indeed, not everyone even has a proper head, as Barnabas discovers almost immediately when he comes face-to-face with Anti, the ferryman to the Land of the Dead (who has, distressingly, the head and wings of a falcon).

Barnabas, of course, is very confused by his new surroundings (and, if truth be told, more than a little distressed, as well). Still, he has been given a duty to do, which means that he will perform it to the best of his ability, bizarre circumstances or no. And, despite the strange things that happen to him, or the odd (and sometimes unsavory) characters that he meets, he still strives to maintain a degree of decorum about him, because one must never be impolite, no matter whom, or what, one is dealing with.

“Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” is now available on Amazon at myBook.to/Barnabas

IMG_5542About the author
Columbkill Noonan had an M.S in Biology (she has in turn been a field biologist, an environmental compliance inspector and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology). When she’s not teaching or writing she can usually be found riding her rescue horse Mittens, practising yoga (on the ground, in an aerial silk, on an SUP board, and sometimes even on Mittens) or spending far too much time at the local organic vegan market

 

Connect with Columbkill:
Blog: http://www.columbkill.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan
Twitter: @ColumbkillNoon1