Jessie: In New Hampshire where the skies are blue and the breezes are sweet.
Launch day for any novel is always a treat. It is such a gratifying thing to see so many hours of creation and months of waiting come to fruition. From the earliest inklings of an idea for a plot to the final pass through before the manuscript heads to the printer there is so much attention and emotion invested in the outcome. It really is a bit like seeing one’s child face to face for the first time.
This novel was particularly pleasurable to write. I have known since the beginning of the series that my protagonists, Beryl and Edwina, met at Miss Dupont’s Finishing School for Young Ladies. I discovered as I got to know them better over time that Beryl had first taken notice of Edwina when she raised her usually soft voice to defend a student from the school bully.
This installment in the series takes the pair of friends back to where it all began and even brings the bully back into their orbit. As I wrote it I got to know more about how both of my sleuths felt about their time at boarding school, some things they had each believed about themselves, and even how their perceptions of their teachers who had seemed ancient to them so many years before had become more understandable and perhaps even likable. I ended up well pleased with how it all turned out and hope that my readers will enjoy it as well.
Here’s the teaser from the back of the book:
American adventuress Beryl Helliwell and prim and proper Brit Edwina Davenport team up once again as enquiry agents to solve a mystery at their alma mater in this historical English village mystery set just after World War I.Neither Beryl nor Edwina are the least bit interested in attending events at their alma mater, Miss Dupont’s Finishing School. Their lives are very full indeed in the village of Walmsley Parva. However, when a letter arrives from Miss Dupont herself requesting their help in a professional capacity, they reluctantly pack their bags for London.Upon arrival, they learn from Miss Dupont that her business has seen a steep decline since the days before World War I and that now she is concerned a saboteur is attempting to damage the school’s reputation. Students have reported items missing, damaged possessions, and strange noises in the night. Some of the girls even insist ghostly forces are at play.Then a former classmate of theirs and mother of a prospective student is found dead on the school grounds. The roll call of suspects is long, and if Beryl and Edwina are to have a ghost of a chance of solving the murder, they can’t rule out the possibility that Miss Dupont herself may have finished off the victim…
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Readers, do you remember when you first noticed someone who became an important part of your life? Or, did you have a favorite teacher?