I am delighted to welcome back into Kit’s World and Library novelist Pauline Barclay to tell us about her latest novel, one that is a departure from her normal genre…
Most importantly thank you, Kit, for your kind invitation to guest on your wonderful blog about my latest publication. I more than appreciate the opportunity to talk about Serendipity.
Lockdown and restriction have been tough for everyone. Mentally, people are exhausted and for some life will never be the same again. I would be lying if I said I don’t have dark days. I enjoy running, I love photography, and writing has always been one of my escapisms. At the end of last year, with lockdown imminent again, I decided to write a novella that would have feel good factor. With the two main characters already developing in my head, I decided to write a cosy mystery. For several months I escaped with these two wonderful characters, Craig Gardner, an ex-police detective inspector, and 19-year-old Roo Chattaway. The three of us went on a journey to find answers!
Developing their characters brought back memories of when my husband and I were members of artistic roller-skating club. With these thoughts, I decided young Roo would be an artistic skater thereby adding a new dimension to her personality.
A Gardner & Chattaway Cosy Mystery – Book 1
Craig Gardner, Private Investigator and his young Assistant, Roo Chattaway, find themselves searching for answers to other people’s questions, but is everything what it seems?
Why has Mark Cooper not returned home? Is a prominent surgeon having an affair? Could there be a connection between shoes being stolen and the untying of a houseboat? And, how did a body, found by a dog walker, end up in Robinson Glen?
Serendipity, is the first in a new series of cosy, feel good, mystery novellas.
Serendipity is available in Kindle and paperback (from all good book shops).
Serendipity is as much about the main characters as it is about them trying to find answers to questions. The little dog on the cover is not only the series logo, but has a role in the story too. And, of course, a cosy mystery wouldn’t be quite the same without a little romance. Serendipity is a light read with a warm cosy feel that I hope will leave readers with a smile and, hopefully, wanting more.
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My Thoughts on Serendipity
Cosy mysteries are not my normal genre read. I enjoy watching them on television yes, I quite enjoy a Miss Marple or Midsomer Murder programme, so I was a little apprehensive when I began reading Serendipity. I need not have been for it is indeed a light-hearted read with believable characters, a sense of fun in the interplay between the two main characters and a lovely dog Barney who adds much to the story. If you are looking for blood, gore and mayhem in your read, this isn’t the book for you but if you love McDonald and Dodds or Jonathan Creek, you will most certainly enjoy this.
Many thanks for joining me in Kit’s Library, Pauline, and hope to see you back here soon. Good luck with the series.
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