CONTENT ADVISORY | ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS | DEDICATION


CHAPTER NINE: CHURCH BELLS

George stood at the front bedroom window, looking over Harlow to Philadelphus Park, watching the leaves drifting through the darkness to the ground.  Ada stirred behind him in the moonlight and he turned, looking at her for a moment.  The … Read More

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE MORTUARY

None of the officers knew what Sully Jenkins the pathologist looked like outside the Mistwell Mortuary, the municipal morgue adjacent to the station.  When people asked, “What does Sully Jenkins look like?”, the only answer officers gave was, “Blue”.  That … Read More

CHAPTER SEVEN: FLYING OBJECTS

Phil took off his reading glasses and set them down on the desk beside Detective Redmond’s amber paperweight which, now that it was getting dark outside, glittered even more inside the tawny triangle of light emitted by the desk lamp.  … Read More

CHAPTER SIX: 1849

That June evening, things were how they always were.  Sir Gregory and Lady Emeline had finished their usual light tea of ham and salad with that day’s bread from Larkspur’s Bakery and sponge cake filled with black current jam.  Having … Read More

CHAPTER FIVE: VISIONS OF GLORY

  Author’s note: From now on, “George’s word, thank you” will be referred to as GWTY.     The dastardly thing about imaginations returning from dormancy, George admitted to himself as he dressed for his wedding that morning, was that … Read More

CHAPTER THREE: THE GREAT DIVIDE

  Oh-Great-One, Vic, had been warning Oh-Mediocre-One, Phil, that The Great Divide was coming.  “I dunno, Phil,” Vic had said, wincing.  “As far as I’m concerned, couples from the eighties are an endangered species and as an endangered species, at … Read More

CHAPTER TWO: INK BEFORE BLOOD

  When George Wells really thought about it, as in sit-by-a-fire-with-a-pipe-on-a-blustery-night think about it, his marriage to Miss Fill-in-the-Blank was far more important to other people than it had ever been for him.  The la-di-da of Mistwell society had been … Read More

CHAPTER ONE: THE MANUSCRIPT

  That April evening, little did Constable Phil Owens know his life was hanging in the balance.  But it was, not in a par-for-policing sort of way, but in a sinister, unexpected kind of way.  Unbeknownst to Phil, his life, … Read More

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