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Artful Deception

Artful Deception

I have something to show you today that’s not a plant or a skyscape. It’s a book cover. Well, the first rough draft of one, at least; it looks too modern at the moment. Below, is the idea for a cover for the sixth (and final) Clearwater Mysteries novel, ‘Artful Deception.’ I say ‘last’, but I’ve left the end of the series open for a development to happen if I want to take the characters into the future. It’s taken me a while to get this one ready, and it’s still only in the 2nd draft stage though must be completed by April 22nd.

If you’ve not read the series, then you need to start reading in order with ‘Deviant Desire’ as part one. It’s a mystery series with ongoing characters and storylines set in 1888, London. Through the series, the stories involve a range of actual characters (Tennyson, Bram Stoker, the Ripper – but not in the same story), and a team of created characters who progress through the series. They all have twisting and surprising mysteries to figure out, there’s a fair amount of intrigue, plus humour, love and steam trains, and the books tend to be set in a certain ‘world.’ For example, ‘Unspeakable Acts’ (part three) is set in the world of the Royal Opera House, and part four, ‘Fallen Splendour’, concerns a poem, whereas ‘Artful Deception’ features paintings.

Anyway, it makes a change to show you this rather than the weeds in the courtyard or the empty sea, so here it is, with a link to the five available books in the series – so far. It’s an Amazon.co.uk link, but you can find the same in Amazon.com and Australia, Canada, Germany… Lots of Amazon stores. As usual, my books are available in paperback, on Kindle and as part of Kindle Unlimited.

The Clearwater Mysteries

Draf cover

Draf cover