A Second Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

A Second Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

A second snippet from the upcoming Devonshire Mystery, Accomplice to Murder.

Another little piece from Chapter 1 of the next Devonshire Mystery. If you haven’t seen the first one, it’s here.

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In this excerpt, we’ll begin to see that despite the glossy setting of Dan’s new job, all is not quite as it seems.

Well, it is a mystery, after all.

This is an advance snippet, so it’s still a work in progress and probably contains errors and typos. There will be changes and corrections over the coming days, and I hope to share more as I tackle the rewrites.

Accomplice to Murder

Sample from Chapter 1

Footsteps ringing out on the polished granite floor snapped Dan out of his reverie, and he looked up to see a besuited man heading toward him. Dan hadn’t heard the lift arrive, and he noticed that the glass door at one side of the lobby was still swinging shut. He took the stairs, Dan thought. A young man in a hurry.

“Dan,” the man called out as he strode across the lobby. “Good morning.”

“Morning.” Dan pulled back his shoulders, hoping he looked more relaxed than he felt as he stepped forward to meet the new arrival. They shook hands, and the man’s grip was firm.

“I’m Joseph Clayton,” the man said. “But call me Joe. We like to keep things friendly around here.” Slim and fresh-faced, Joe exuded self-confidence and energy. His smile was genuine, and there was something about Joe’s manner that made Dan like him right away.

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A Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

A Snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

At long last, I can say more about the upcoming Devonshire Mystery.

Today, I’m sharing the first part of chapter 1. This is just between us, so you’ll need to be a member of the site and logged in to read it.

The photo on this post is from the location in which the scene is set, so I hope it helps to give the flavour.

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This is an advance snippet, so it’s still a work in progress and probably contains errors and typos. There will be changes and corrections over the coming days, and I hope to share more as I tackle the rewrites.

Accomplice to Murder

Sample from Chapter 1

Dan Corrigan adjusted his tie without breaking his stride as he advanced on his destination. Tucked away discreetly behind Exeter Cathedral, Southernhay West was stirring into the type of early morning life found in cities all over the world. Smartly dressed people climbed from their cars and bustled toward their places of work. Vans and taxis vied to be the first away from the traffic lights, and colourfully clad cyclists pedalled past, their backpacks bulging. No doubt they’d be carrying a change of clothes for the office, a pair of smart shoes and a laptop too. Dan had his own small backpack slung over his shoulder, although in his case, the situation was reversed. He’d brought his sports kit in case he fancied a run after work, and he felt a certain kinship with his fellow travellers. With every stride, every urgent turn of the pedals, they proclaimed a sense of purpose. They weren’t here for the shops or the scenery; they were here to work.

A bus trundled by, belching exhaust fumes, and Dan smiled. This was more like it. A sense of energy and purpose buzzed all around him. Everyone was going somewhere, and none of them wanted to be late.

That includes me, Dan thought. But I’ve got plenty of time. Dan had been in Exeter for quite a while already, although his appointment wasn’t for another half an hour. He’d parked down by the quay, and he’d spent the time walking through the city, limbering up. And while he’d pounded the streets, he’d felt his senses becoming heightened, his mind growing sharper.

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A Christmas Message from Rawlgeeb

A Christmas Message from Rawlgeeb

Season’s greetings, Earthlings,

I trust that this missive finds you in good spirits, despite the cloud of befuddled confusion that seems to descend on most of you at around this time of year. I blame the climate and the lack of live reptiles in your diet. Were you to nibble on a couple of live vipers now then, you’d certainly have good reason to keep your wits about you during the cold winter months. But I digress.

Things have been quiet here at Bolster and Associates Investigations. As you know, Brent does not subscribe to the general view that this season is brightened up by the exchange of gifts and the consumption of luxurious food and drink. No, he is un affected by the atmosphere of goodwill and bon hommie that so many of you enjoy. Instead, Brent’s mood over the last few weeks is best described as sullen, and he’s much given to casting dark looks and making even darker remarks whenever words such as Christmas or yuletide are mentioned. Indeed, he has taken to hiding himself away at home, where he consumes dangerously large amounts of strong coffee. He’s found a brand of a coffee-like bean that’s drunk on Andel, and since most Andelian foodstuffs have been classified on Earth as biological weapons, he’s playing a dangerous game every time he opens the can. He couldn’t even grind the beans until he bought a suitably heavy hammer. Like many Andelian ingredients, the coffee needs to be stunned before it can be consumed.

I’m afraid you’ll get no yuletide greetings from Brent, but personally, I have come to appreciate many aspects of this season on Earth. On Gloabon, the government-mandated holidays are strictly observed, and everyone stops work early and packs up. In earth units, this extra free time would be the equivalent to approximately four minutes, and we used the time well, converging on the communal baths to take a dip and soak up the lovely glyphoforms that give our skin that lustrous green sheen. It is sad that you Earthlings are so unaware of the microorganisms that inhabit your body. We Gloabons appreciate our microscopic helpers, and as we like to say, you’re never alone with a symbiont.

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Work in Progress – a snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

Work in Progress – a snippet of the new Devonshire Mystery

It’s time to share a snippet of the upcoming Devonshire Mystery.

The finished version of this book still feels like it’s some way off, but I thought you might like to see how it’s shaping up. Sharing it now will also help to keep me accountable.

The new novel still doesn’t have a title, but much of the action takes place in Exeter, so the picture is a snap I took of Exeter Cathedral.

I hope you like the look of the snippet. As always when I share an advance snippet, it’s very much a work in progress. I may well change it when I redraft the novel, and it will also be run past an editor.

If this leaves you wanting more, then I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to be patient. I’m writing it as fast as I can.

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New wallpapers added

New wallpapers added

I’ve added some new Devonshire Mysteries themed wallpapers to the collection today (6 May, 2021).

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The Embervale Album

The Embervale Album

Here’s a rough map of Embervale, plus an ongoing collection of photos from the real locations that have inspired scenes in the Devonshire Mysteries.

Comments welcome.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Wallpapers

Wallpapers

These images can be downloaded as desktop wallpapers for your computer, or you can use them as backgrounds for a video call.

More wallpapers will be added from time to time.

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