It’s January, and a very happy new year to you and yours! Gooseberry, which casts the Octavius Guy character from Wilkie Collins’s novel The Moonstone as a fourteen-year-old boy detective-cum-pickpocket, continues to attract some great reviews. I truly believe it deserves to, though I say so myself. It really is a wonderful addition to the cosy mystery genre, and the perfect fast-paced, rollicking read for cold winter nights.
Octopus, the sequel, in which our young Victorian detective investigates the murder of a leading lady that takes place on stage at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre during a performance of The Duchess of Malfi, is beginning to take shape. I have the first two chapters down and our boy sleuth is already hot on the case. Guy’s First Rule of Detection: If you really want to discover things, take every chance afforded you to nose about. Many of Gooseberry’s friends and colleagues have resurfaced, nearly all the new major characters (and even a few minor ones) have been introduced, evidence abounds (though its significance may not yet be fully appreciated), and the various strands of the plot have been lovingly planted, woven, and nurtured. I can’t wait to see what develops. Light touch paper and stand clear! I promise to keep you informed of any developments.
This month’s article from Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts – An Illustrated Guide to 19th Century Spiritualism is about the celebrated medium Daniel Dunglas Home (pronounced Hume, who was born in Scotland and raised in New England. Like his friend Maria B. Hayden, who was the subject of last month’s article, he also brought his mediumship to Britain, but to a vastly improved reception. You can still download the book, which retails for US$2.99 in most online stores, for free from Smashwords.com. When it comes time to pay, just use coupon code: TD22X.
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