Lovely people, this is it. Book three of the Beaufort Scales Mysteries, A Manor of Life & Death, is out today!
I have no idea how I got organised in time. If your books are missing pages, let me know. They’re probably behind the sofa with a forgotten cup of tea or something.
Actually, no, they won’t be, because the amazing Lynda of Easy Reader Editing made sure that no such thing happened. But if it wasn’t for her and some entirely wonderful beta readers, I’m sure it would have been the case.
Writing does not happen in a vacuum. Sometimes it feels like it does. Sometimes I wish it did, so I’d never have to show anyone anything I write, but it doesn’t. As well as amazing writer friends who critique, beta, and support me, and a completely wonderful editor, I’m lucky enough to have an SO who believes me when I say tea and cake are essential writer fuel, and who never complains when I crawl into bed at 2 a.m. still wide awake from a writing sprint, and put my freezing feet on him. I also have lovely friends who understand that at times I can’t function like an actual human being because my head is in Toot Hansell, and who forgive my distractedness.
And I have you, lovely readers. Who, just by reading and commenting and (eep) reviewing, make the whole thing worth it.
Topiary of dubious intent.
Throw in the full complement of the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute and dragons doing yoga on the terrace, and DI Adams is starting to wonder if she might have made a small misjudgement signing up for this particular spa weekend in the country.
And that’s before the dead body in the sauna and the storm that cuts them off from the rest of the world.
Now she’s dealing with a houseful of guests (and staff) who’re looking more suspicious by the moment, fending off protesters wielding table condiments, and trying to keep everyone safe as the storm closes in. She needs to find the killer, keep the dragons hidden, stop the W.I. forming some sort of pearl-and-twinset posse, and try to resist the urge to arrest everyone.
And never mind the problem of the invisible dog.
Sure. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend.
You can take a sneak peek at chapter one and two on the blog if you’re not sure about buying, and head to the books page to learn more about both A Manor of Life & Death and Beaufort’s previous adventures. Or you can go ahead and buy the ebook here, while the paperback is available via Amazon and at BookDepository (the ISBN is 9781916078017 if you’d prefer to see if your friendly indie bookshop could order it in for you!).
Now tell me, lovely people – what are you reading this week? (And I promise not to be upset if it’s not my book ? )