So the manuscript for the third Crowther and Westerman mystery went to my editor and agent yesterday. It’s a great relief. I enjoyed writing it, of course, but there comes a point where you need someone else to read the whole thing, and hear what they think about it.
It is set in Keswick in 1783, and begins when a semi-mummified skeleton is found where it really shouldn’t be. That leads to Crowther having to face the demons of his past, and naturally enough, it sets a new mystery running.
The great thing now though, is I can put away all the notebooks and research materials on Keswick, folk magic, long bows and the Jacobite rebellions for the time being and so make room for the new notebooks and research materials for book 4. I’ve now got a month or so for open-ended research while I start to gather my ideas and get a feel of the place where it will be set, and the sort of personalities I can populate it with. I also have the time to see some friends, go on holiday and catch up on my reading. That’s a pleasant thought. It’s exciting. Whole new world. Then book 3 will come back with Flora’s thoughts and comments, and I’ll be able to look at it with fresh eyes myself.
I celebrated delivery of book 3 by going off to the dentist. If there is anything that makes me glad I’m living now rather than in the late 18th century it’s root canal work.