The Met has assigned blonde, attractive Detective Inspector Harriet Ware to investigate the murder of Larry Barlow, a publisher found strangled in a Whitechapel alleyway. She quickly finds she has penetrated an unsuspected world in which publishers wearily fend off would-be authors whose unwanted manuscripts threaten to swamp them. Press reports of the murder alert three of the would-be authors each of whom is involved in the mystery. The three are obsessed by their writing and live as much in the plots they are weaving as in the mundane world they actually inhabit: Maud Jackson is writing romantic fiction set in the Regency period. Hector Treadgold is writing a science fiction epic. Juliet Transom writes about adventures and mystical experiences in former lives. But, in this world of would-be writers, all is very far from being what it seems …
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Published September 7, 2011
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime.