Archive for September, 2009

bad backs–evidence of un-Intelligent Design

September 29, 2009

The human race should have stayed in the trees. Our spines are not made for walking upright. I have a herniated disk for the 3rd time–had to skip my talk to Portland Friends of Mystery and my signing at Seattle Mystery, but I’m determined to make it to speak to Junction City Friends of Library next Saturday. They’ve promised to provide a wheelchair, a comfy seat with lots of cushions and a footstool. Now I just have to work out how to pack up a couple of boxes of books to take with me.

A friend unloaded the dishwasher for me, but I think I’m going to manage to put away the laundry. Haven’t tackled yet unpacking the bag I packed for the Seattle trip. Can’t fill the bird-feeders–I swear the dear little birdies are giving me dirty looks through the window. Guilt trip! It’s good for them to find some other source of food.

To think just 3 months ago I was paddling my brother’s kayak on the Thames and exploring Rocky Valley!

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This is my son and granddaughter on the river, my brother in it,  keeping an eye on her!

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Two books out today

September 15, 2009

SheerFolly The latest (18th)  Daisy Dalrymple mystery, out today from St Martin’s Minotaur. Available from all booksellers.

Daisy and her friend Lucy going in search of the best grotto in England for their book on follies (the architectural kind). To Lucy’s dismay, the grotto belongs to a manufacturer of plumbing fixtures, who bought the associated mansion from the ancient but impoverished family who once owned it. Lucy and Daisy are not the only unlikely guests: also visiting are their penniless schoolfriend, Julia, and her widowed mother; a high-up civil servant with his socialite wife; an earl who’s in love with Julia but having an affaire with the civil servant’s wife; and a mysterious Canadian. Together with the “plumber”s sister-in-law and her son, they make up a strained house-party where something is bound to explode–and does,  taking one of the guests with it. Daisy’s husband DCI Alec Fletcher and Lucy’s husband Gerald arrive just in time to see the grotto blow up…

View some real English grottos at http://www.follytowers.com/stourheadtrail5.html and http://www.follytowers.com/stowetrail34.html

BlackShip

Also out today, BLACK SHIP in paperback at last, the 17th Daisy mystery.

Daisy and  Alec and family move to Hampstead. When their dog finds a body in the communal garden, they soon find themselves involved with American rumrunners, bootleggers, and gangsters, not to mention a hapless US Revenue agent.

You can read some extraordinary (and very funny) stories about the trials of rumrunners here: http://blog.thejurorinvestigates.com/2008/09/03/rumrunners-on-trial.aspx

FREE mystery short stories

September 12, 2009

Read FREE mystery short stories at http://tinyurl.com/ph9vcp or www.BelgraveHouse.com

STORM IN A TEA-SHOPPE and UNHAPPY MEDIUM are two Daisy Dalrymple stories, originally published in the anthologies Crime Through Time and Malice Domestic 7; MISS PRIMROSE AND THE MARCH OF PROGRESS is a Victorian mystery story based on the opening of the world’s first public passenger railway and the deadly accident(?) that occurred on the first trip from Liverpool to Manchester.

Hello world!

September 7, 2009

I’m a mystery and Regency author, born in the UK, living in the US. Also gardener, bird-watcher, dog-person, daily walker, interested in science, environmentally conscious and fairly conscientious, and a book lover.

For the moment, I’m just going to put links to my blog: The LadyKillers, and to my present web page. I’m also on Facebook so do come and visit me there.

. Geocities will be closing down next month so I’m trying to get a website going here on WordPress and making very heavy weather of it. But I have two books coming out this month, SHEER FOLLY and the paperback of BLACK SHIP (Daisy Dalrymple mysteries numbers 18 & 17) so I need to get something going!