Teabreak Over. Get Back To Work

Teabreak Over. Get Back To Work

Are you a fan of the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries? Course you are. And as such, you might have noticed a slight hiatus… a teabreak lasting two years. That’s how long it is since Joe and his gang of third-age, born-again teenagers last bothered us in Trial by Fire.

There are a number of reasons for this, and some of them are personal. I bet that’s got your attention, hasn’t it? Oh boy, here comes the scandal.

Hard luck. I’m not gonna go into the reasons for the break.

But what I am gonna do is tell you that the teabreak is over and it’s time to get back to work, and it seems fitting to me that just as the Drama Channel gets round to the episode of Last of the Summer Wine where Foggy first appears, we can announce STAC #15, Peril in Palmanova. Quite what LOTSW has to do with STAC, I don’t know, but I just thought I’d throw that in.

In the grand scheme of things, the next title should have been Care for Murder (working title only) but that book has caused me so many problems that I almost abandoned it altogether.

The solution to those issues came in May, when the missus and I were sunning ourselves in Majorca. And where were we staying? Palmanova of course.

But the solution brought problems of its own, the chief one being the need for a complete backstory to explain the opening position in Care for Murder. When I got back, I put the proposition to Laurence and Steph at Crooked Cat, and while they considered it, I set to work.

The result is Peril in Palmanova. Who’s in peril? Wait and see. Why is (s)he in peril? You’ll find out. Why did it have to be in Palmanova? Because I was there. Note: there are other reasons, but you’ll learn about them when you read the book. Why is it necessary for Care for Murder to have this backstory. You really will have to wait to find that out.

What I will tell you is that it is a novella; a single story, with no subplots, and although it fits well into the general theme of the STACs, it does diverge ever so slightly.

I signed the contract this morning. We don’t yet have a cover and we don’t have a release date, but all will be revealed in due course.

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