I spent February in a flurry of writing activity. I’m working on a new crime fiction series that I’m very excited about. I’ll be sharing more news (and hopefully a novella to whet your appetite) next month. It will feature glamorous London locations, sassy lady detectives, and a sprinkling of murder and mayhem. I think you’re going to like it.
However, that means that the Helen Oddfellow series is on hold for now. Apologies to anyone waiting for news of her next adventure – I hope to come back to Helen at some point.
But there’s also good news if you’ve dipped into one or two of the Helen books and would like to read them all. I’m releasing books 1 to 4 in a new e-book collection, available on Kindle today. For 5 days only, this will be at the ridiculously low price of £1.99/$1.99. That’s four books for less than 50p/50c each. The price will go up on March 1, so don’t hang around!
What I’ve been up to
I had a trip to Brighton this month and finally got around to visiting the amazing Royal Pavilion, commissioned by the Prince Regent (Queen Victoria’s uncle) in 1815. The building is a wild oriental fantasy, inspired by Indian Mughal palaces on the outside, but stuffed with Chinese-style furnishings on the inside.
The lavish decoration allowed the prince, later George IV, to entertain high society in unique style. I particularly loved the Music Room (see below), with its extraordinary ceiling, and wished I could see it thronged with people in Bridgerton costumes, dancing the night away.
Upstairs a small exhibition explained how the pavilion had a very different role during World War I, as a hospital for Indian Army soldiers who had been wounded while fighting for the British in France and Belgium. The photographs of Indian soldiers lying in rows of beds beneath the extravagant chandeliers are quite surreal. I wonder what they made of it all.
What I’m enjoying
I do enjoy historian Lucy Worsley’s programmes, whether she’s investigating the murders of the Princes in the Tower, telling us what goes on behind the scenes at Hampton Court Palace or simply having fun with the BBC’s dressing up box. I particularly enjoyed her short series about the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, available in the UK on BBC iPlayer now. Christie became aware of the possibilities of poison during her time working as a VAD in the Torquay Town Hall Red Cross Hospital– another grand building re-used as a hospital during World War I.