The advance reader team have been sending me their feedback on Blackmail In Bloomsbury and I’m delighted to say they think (to use the slang of the time) it’s the bee’s knees! Here’s what they had to say:
“Thank you for a perfect summer read! Enjoyed it immensely!”
“Thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved Mrs Jameson, & the story was excellent.”
“I very much like the way Marjorie is shaping up to be tougher and less naïve than one might initially assume.”
Keep an eye on your emails – it will be ready to pre-order this month.
When in Rome…
It’s a running joke in my family that you can’t take me anywhere without me writing a story about it. Well, it’s happened again. I had the great fortune to visit Rome earlier this month with friends who know it well. We had a fantastic time visiting gorgeous palazzos, fascinating old churches and (of course) hanging out in cafés and bars over the occasional aperitivo.
As readers may remember from Murder At The Ritz, Mrs Jameson is a well-travelled woman who spent a lot of her life in Italy. I wondered what Rome had been like when she was a young girl, fresh from Boston, perhaps attending her first ball in a palazzo like the ones we visited… The resulting short story, Diamonds Are For Christmas, will be with you as a little Christmas present later this year!
All That Jazz
My next 1920s murder mystery is going to involve a lot more jazz! I’ve put together a playlist of some ragtime favourites, including classics like the Tiger Rag by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the wonderfully-titled I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate. Well, don’t we all! You can listen to it here: https://buff.ly/44pGrGm
What I’ve enjoyed this month
The novel is now underway and features the archetypal Jazz Age character, the flapper. I went to the British Library last week to read up on some 1920s history, but on the way out got snared by this appealing little book from Pushkin Press in the bookshop.
Where All Good Flappers Go is a compendium of stories by some of America’s greatest writers, including F Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker and Zora Neale Hurston. The stories celebrate the flapper as “An artist in her particular field, the art of being – being young, being lovely,” as Zelda Fitzgerald put it. But the flapper was more than that – she was courageous, charming, irreverent and out for a roaring good time. I was jolly pleased to be taken along for the ride.
The big question!
I often get inspired to set murder mysteries in places I visit. What do you think is a great location for a murder mystery? Hit reply and let me know. The first answer that makes me laugh gets a free e-book copy of Blackmail In Bloomsbury.
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