At last!

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Divorce Can Be Deadly (Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries Book #2) is live on Amazon. Here’s what it’s all about:

“Two ghosts troubled Dr. Benjamin Bones. One he feared would never release him. Another he worried might slip away, however much he tightened his grip… .”

So begins Divorce Can Be Deadly, the long-awaited second book in Emma Jameson’s wartime cozy mystery series. Return to Birdswing, a tiny Cornish village, in the bitter winter of 1939 and revisit old friends as they embark on more amateur sleuthing. Irrepressible Lady Juliet is taking a correspondence course in private detection and is vexed by the return of her soon-to-be-ex-husband. Meanwhile, not only has Ben failed to realize the depth of her feelings for him, but his obsession with Lucy, the Fenton House ghost, is growing stronger.

When a bloodless, half-naked corpse is discovered in a great house in a nearby village, Ben and Juliet must again follow the clues to solve the case. Join them as they pry into the secret lives of villagers in seemingly picture-perfect Barking, including a vicar who hides from his secretary, a baron haunted by the Great War, and a butler who just might have done it.

Brimming with romance, historical details, and warm humor, Divorce Can Be Deadly is already being called “worth the wait!”

The book is currently publishing on other platforms and should be available soon for Nook devices, the Apple store, Kobo, and Google Play. Watch this space and I’ll let you know!

Don’t forget you can also preorder Dr. Bones and the Christmas Gift on most platforms. It will go live on December 23rd and take up right after the events of Divorce Can Be Deadly. Click below on your preferred vendor:

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Nook from Barnes & Nook

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UPDATE: Divorce Can Be Deadly; Dr. Bones and the Christmas Wish; Blue Blooded

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Hello all!

Sorry I haven’t checked in since late July. I’ve been writing! My eyes are doing better in the sense I’ve been able to tolerate longer and longer periods at the computer. Here’s an update:

Divorce Can Be Deadly (Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries #2): I’m very pleased by how this one is coming along, and I hope when it arrives, you’ll agree it was worth the wait. I’m close to finishing it up–after which comes the rewrite, the editing, the proofing, and publishing.

Dr. Bones and the Christmas Wish: I’m almost done with this one. It’s a novella set right after DCBD, and will be included in a Christmas-themed anthology called Romancing Christmas 2. Watch this space for publishing news on that book, which may introduce you to some new favorite authors. And yes, the anthology is about romance, so draw your own conclusions on that score.

Blue Blooded (Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mysteries #5): Yesterday, I glanced at my phone and saw a wonderfully prescient message. It was from a reader who said she needed more Hetheridges, and was waiting patiently. I usually answer all queries first thing the next morning, but I couldn’t find it today–not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or my email. (LOL, I am over-connected, like most of us.) However, I was amazed to see that message at that moment, because during the long drive back from my hairdresser*, the opening paragraphs of Blue Blooded came to me. That’s a sure sign my work on DCBD is coming to a close.

So for that reader–sorry I can’t locate your message–and anyone else who may be interested, here’s what my first draft of those opening paragraphs looks like. Not fine-tuned, not edited, but right out of my word processor, to show you Dr. Bones will soon return and the Hetheridges will be next up to bat.

Anthony Hetheridge, ninth baron of Wellegrave and former chief superintendent for New Scotland Yard, welcomed the spring. In January, he’d been forced out of his distinguished career by old enemies who’d long been sharpening their knives. In February, he’d returned to the Yard as a consultant, allowing him to do things heretofore only dreamt of; namely, billing by the hour, ignoring internal politics, and going home each day at five o’clock. In March, as daffodils sprang up all over London and pink camellia trees spilled over wrought iron fences, Tony completed the byzantine obstacle course necessary to receive his private investigator’s license. Now it was April— unusually sunny, unseasonably warm, and full of surprises.

On April fifth, his brother-in-law, Ritchie Wakefield, had modified the shape of a Lego brick by heating it with a cigarette lighter. In the process, he’d set alight a two-hundred-year-old French mahogany sofa. This had caught the nearby Italian silk brocade curtains on fire, which went up like tissue paper. Half of Tony’s ancestral London townhouse, Wellegrave House, had been burned out. Thankfully, no one was injured. As his wife Kate raged, his assistant Mrs. Snell tutted, and his manservant Harvey wept, Tony decided that he, too, would abandon British reserve and vent his true feelings on the matter: he chucked what survived and hired an interior designer to chase away the ghosts of Hetheridges past.

No more living in a museum, he thought, smiling as he passed from kitchen to stairs, a cup of tea in hand. Things are quiet at the Yard. Now all I need is a case.

*Redhead by choice

 

 

Dispatches from Cornwall #3: Video from St. Michael’s Mount

Hello! Here’s a couple of short videos I took, visually optimized and put to soothing music. Then for you history buffs, a brief documentary reel about life on the island by British Pathé, circa 1949.

 

More London Pictures

Okay, here are a few more pictures from London. One of the more interesting areas we visited was Neal’s Yard, a small alley that is quirky, artsy, and very pretty. Definitely worth a look if you’re in the Seven Dials/Covent Garden area. I toyed briefly with the idea of killing off some future person there (that’s the mind of a mystery writer) but decided against it. However, as I spent a brief, miserable time in St. Katharine Docks, I expect someone may die there in my next Hetheridge book, Blue Blooded.

Some of the prettiness in Neal's Yard.

Some of the prettiness in Neal’s Yard.

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Above is Green Park. It was chilly to me that day (we bought scarves early on) but as you can see, lots of people were out and about, soaking up the sunshine, despite the brisk wind. A few were even sitting rather stubbornly in striped deck chairs, completely bundled up in coat, scarf, and hat, but enjoying the fresh air and sun all the same.

Buckingham Palace gates.

Buckingham Palace gates.

Another one of my photo pics again, rather improperly framed, but I was too excited to take good perfectly proportioned snapshots. (Is that an excuse?) Next time I’ll do better.

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There’s a super close up so you can enjoy all the heraldic detail. For more about the Royal Parks in London, go here. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be spending it writing (as I should) but I’ll be back on Monday.

More Random London Pics

Once again, for anyone who doesn’t know, I visited London in March, but got too caught up in finishing my latest book to post all the pictures. Here are a few more of my favorites.

Me in an Anderson shelter in the Imperial War Museum.

Me in an Anderson shelter in the Imperial War Museum.

Getting the chance to sit in an authentic Anderson shelter was quite an experience. It was so small! Dr. Bones will have one in his back garden in book #2, the upcoming Divorce Can Be Deadly. Poor man, I don’t think it will be too comfortable for him and Mrs. Cobblepot, trying to rest out there in the winter, an inch of water on the earth floor (that was a big problem with Anderson shelters) while wondering if a bomb will flatten Fenton House. Or if a direct hit will send them both to kingdom come. And to think entire families used to spend hours in these things–Dad, Mum, two or three fidgeting, miserable kids, and perhaps a crying baby in arms.

Another shot from the Imperial War Museum.

Another shot from the Imperial War Museum.

I love this interior of a "typical home" during the Blitz.

I love this interior of a “typical home” during the Blitz.

All right, those were of course just a few gems. More tomorrow! Now, I need to work on that next book.

Random London Photos

As many of you know, I visited London in March. And I took a TON of pictures, but only had time to upload a few to Facebook. Then the demands of Black & Blue took over, and while I could have come here and spent 5 minutes uploading pics, it would have looked like I wasn’t even trying to get the book done. 😉 But now that it’s out, let me pause in the midst of today’s writing and post a few.

My view from the hotel in Kensington when I arrived.

My view from the hotel in Kensington when I arrived.

Walking around Kensington by night. You know, it's probably just an office building or something, but I was so in love, I was snapping photos of everything I saw.

Walking around Kensington by night. You know, it’s probably just an office building or something, but I was so in love, I was snapping photos of everything I saw.

One of those West End doorways DS Bhar always seems to find himself knocking on.

One of those West End doorways DS Bhar always seems to find himself knocking on.

I was such a tourist, in love with every old lamppost, black lacquered fence, and bit of brick.

I was such a tourist, in love with every old lamppost, black lacquered fence, and bit of brick.

Oh, The Places I’ll Go, or: London Sights

So, I’m taking a break from working on Black & Blue (Hetheridge #4) to post a few pictures and facts. My London trip isn’t till March 2015, but hey, it’s never too early to start obsessing.

Golden Hinde Galleon

Golden Hinde Galleon

I look forward to seeing the Golden Hinde, a full-size replica of the ship Sir Francis Drake used to circumnavigate the globe in the sixteenth century. I’ve been on such tours before (the USS Constitution, or “Old Ironsides,” and a replica of the Santa Maria) and never fail to enjoy it. Maybe I have a seafarer’s soul.

© Tonybaggett | Dreamstime.com - Madame Tussauds Photo

© Tonybaggett | Dreamstime.com – Madame Tussauds Photo

Madame Tussaud’s doesn’t look like much from the exterior, and it’s supposed to be expensive and touristy, but I still think I’ll go. Below are a couple of the people I’ll see:

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ID 33935398 © Warczakoski | Dreamstime.com

© Cugianza84 | Dreamstime.com - Patrick Stewart At Madame Tussauds Photo

© Cugianza84 | Dreamstime.com – Patrick Stewart At Madame Tussauds Photo

© Arim44 | Dreamstime.com - Winston Churchill\'s Britain At War Museum Photo

© Arim44 | Dreamstime.com – Winston Churchill\’s Britain At War Museum Photo

I was disappointed to learn (today!) that I can’t visit the Winston Churchill Britain at War Museum. It closed last year. But the collection has been sent elsewhere and I may be able to view most of it at other venues. The Imperial War Museum will be open, of course, and the underground “war rooms.”