Ahh the vagaries of modern publishing - no sooner have I made the announcement that Hearts on Fire Books will be publishing my mystery novel, A Policeman's Lot that it has just been announced that they have closed for business. However several of the books under contract were taken up by a spanking new publisher that aims to take both the digital and print book world by storm, and A Policeman's Lot was one of these that survived the transition. I have been offered a contract with Solstice Publishing which aims to launch this June. I've got a new contract offer and A Policeman's Lot is on track to be published as both an eBook and print book.
More news as I get it.
The initial reader report for A Policeman's Lot - Fascinating concept, setting, and characters. Set in Wales during Buffalo Bill’s 1903/1904 tour of the United Kingdom, the story begins with Inspector Frank Parade carrying out his daily duties in the town of Pontypridd, duties complicated by the unprecedented presence of 500 members of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show encamped outside the town, not to mention the thousands attending the show every day. A series of depraved murders quickly makes things even more complicated. Buffalo Bill stands squarely in his path when Parade tries to investigate the likely possibility that one of the hundreds of show members is involved. And soon enough Parade’s own superiors are blocking his inquires, too. Still more deaths occur as Parade sifts through the thin evidence available and finds a trail that may lead to the perpetrator of the most heinous crime of the 19th Century—London’s “Ripper” murders. Before the story is done, Parade develops a dramatic theory that may solve the Ripper mystery, as well as the murders he faces in idyllic Pontypridd. The story itself is wonderful—clever and intense.