Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Three Sisters - Review and Series News

There's a lovely quick review for Three Sisters over at Babs Books Bistro today. Three Sisters is the first story in a new cozy mystery series set in London featuring amateur sleuth, Emily Castles. Each story will feature one of Emily's neighbours - in a street of 50 houses, very like the one where I live now - so I have plenty of material.



I'm currently writing the next story, provisionally entitled Victoria's Secret, about Emily's neighbour Victoria (who appears in Three Sisters). She runs an after-school acting and dance academy and - yes, you've guessed it - she has a secret. When poison pen letters start to arrive, it seems the secret might finally catch up with Victoria and ruin her pleasant life with husband Piers and their three sons. As the story has nothing whatsoever to do with bras and underpants, I might end up changing the title. Current possible alternatives include The Best Medicine (because someone dies laughing) and Happy Days (after the name of the dance academy).

I'm also outlining the third story in the series, provisionally entitled Targets in Torquay, about a conference in the seaside town of Torquay (pronounced Tor Kee - so I'll probably have to change the title as it's not clear how to say the word unless you have heard it before, though Agatha Christie lived there, so mystery-lovers might know it). Another possible title is Murder in Margate, though why anyone would go to Margate for a conference is not immediately obvious. The conference is attended by Emily's neighbour Dr. Muriel, who featured heavily in the first story and will also appear in the second. Actually, she'll appear in all of them because I really like her as a character. She calls in Emily for help when delegates at the conference start dying in outlandish ways, apparently picked off by one of their number...

8 comments:

khashway said...

Congrats! Good luck with these!

Helen Smith said...

Thank you!

Girl Parker said...

Helen - I LOVE this synopsis of your work. Thank you - especially for the sneak peak of what you're working on.

I realize we don't want to give away the kitchen sink, but some writers guard their work like it's the combination lock to the Pentagon or something. (sorry - tangent!) I love cozy mysteries, so now I'm even more excited about ordering your books. Yay!

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, GP

Peter Salisbury said...

I loved Three Sisters. These new ones sound great - I can hardly wait!

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Peter

brenda said...

Helen - you are a turbo woman! I've put you next on my list (finishing a novel by Kate Mosse now)..

Helen Smith said...

Ha! Thanks, Brenda. If only I could get off Twitter and finish them. With 50 to write, I had better get a move on...