Of Love and Politics Japanese literature is one of the vastest and most diverse in the world of literature. Its influence extends beyond Japan and has been in existence for centuries. Lady Murasakami Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji is recognized as one of the earliest published novels. Two Japanese writers – Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburō […]Book Review # 204: After the Banquet — The Pine-Scented Chronicles
*Fascinating, I should know more about Japanese literature. Find this book here.
Detective Inspector Mike Malone faces an intriguing case when the body of an unidentified man is discovered with a lipstick ‘kiss’ on his cheek.
Was it placed there before he was killed? Did the person who kissed him, actually kill him? Was it left on his cheek as a tender farewell, or had the killer left Mike a calling card?
As Mike starts his investigation, aided by his faithful partner, Detective Sergeant, Alan Shepherd, he finds that murder doesn’t always visit total strangers, sometimes it visits friends.
Join Mike and his cast of friendly townsfolk in the latest Mike Malone Mystery.
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This is book number 14 in the Mike Malone Murder Mystery series by Milly Reynolds.
DI Mike Malone finds that an East End mob has set up camp in his adopted town. Businesses and proprietors are being threatened.
And, this is not the only problem that Mike has to solve. A monster is prowling the riverbanks in the dead of night. Protection is the keyword, but at what price?
When the safe of a TV personality is stolen in a bizarre burglary, Detective Inspector Mike Malone and his Detective Sergeant, Alan Shepherd, find that maybe, this time, they need a little extra help.
Enter Dog Dollond, a retired colleague of Mike’s from his days in London. As usual, solving the crime is never straightforward, especially as there seems to be a link to a gruesome murder in a nearby town.
When a murder occurs on Mike’s watch, he discovers a surprising thread running through all the crimes. But does it get him any closer to solving the puzzle?
In this latest mystery, Mike has to find out why, for some ladies, baking a nice cake can be the quickest way to a sticky end.
The summer should be a time when Detective Inspector Mike Malone can sit in the sunshine with his extended family, watching the gentle game of cricket while enjoying the occasional slice of cake.
However, when a young wife ends up dead, it appears that the cakes on offer at the cricket match do more than add a few extra pounds.
This is book 6 in the Mike Malone Mystery series.
With the wedding of his Detective Sergeant imminent, Detective Inspector Mike Malone finds that his life is very complicated. Firstly, he has to explain to his partner, Dr Fiona Davies, exactly what happened on Alan Shepherd’s stag-do and secondly, he has a series of brutal murders to solve.
As the case develops, Mike Malone finds that, in this instance, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one.
This is the sixth novel in the popular Mike Malone series and once again you will find a mixture of tongue-in-cheek humour and blood as you travel with Mike Malone through his little Lincolnshire town.
Copyright Francis Barker 2020
Crime fiction author Milly Reynolds has another ebook published on amazon and Smashwords.
This is the latest in the Mike Malone series.
There are now over 20 books in total for you to read, 16 of which are in the Mike Malone series.
About Milly Reynolds
Elena Trimble was a young astrologer. It was an unusual career but she loved it. While studying psychology at university, she had done a brief course on the ancient art of astrology – and was hooked. She did individual birth charts, a kind of modern psychological astrology, you might say. She didn’t believe in the mumbo jumbo prediction aspect of it, that the future can be clearly seen.
“So what’s this about today’s date, then?” Michael was speaking around a rather large piece of toast he was chewing.
“I’m pretty sure it’s to do with the dream. Dreams can speak to us in symbols and allegory.”
Elena had written down everything she could remember. The dark place she had found herself with this man could have been a church, or perhaps a chapel. Dreams were ruled by the Moon and perhaps the planet Neptune, she figured, hence the allegories, signs and symbols. She was trying to get a clearer view, not only of whom this person was, but what he was trying to say. And why did he kiss her?
She sipped her morning cup of tea, looking out onto perfectly still day, the sunlit grass, the frost slowly dissipating. “Let’s say we were in the chancel end of a church. There was a window ahead of us, though it wasn’t letting in much light, like it was nearly dark outside. There was a book open.”
“A bible, perhaps?”
She shook her head. “It was more like some kind of…parish record?”
“Yes, very likely a register. I felt sure he was directing me toward this book, as if to an entry in it. I remember the number twenty three quite distinctly, you see. I didn’t see it in the book, it just popped into my head out of nowhere.”
“Hm. Maybe he whispered it into your ear after kissing you.”
“Funny, ha ha.”
Elena began to surmise that twenty three could have been either a christening, a birthdate, or a burial. The fact that today was February 23 might be meaningful. There didn’t seem to be much else to go on. There was his general appearance, she supposed, slightly taller than her five feet four inches. It was the eyes she remembered, large, chocolate brown and loving. She didn’t recall being at all scared by him.
“Elena, you need more to go on than just a number.” Michael was placing the breakfast dishes in the sink.
She joined him with her own dishes. “I know, that’s why I’m making sure I take my notebook and pen to bed again tonight.”
Michael looked at her, seriously. “You’re expecting him again, are you?”
“I don’t know, but I’d better be prepared, hadn’t I? I get the feeling he’s got more to say, that’s all. I’ve never had a dream of this clarity.”
Michael had that pretentious little boy lost look in his eyes. “So should I be worried?”
“Hm.” Elena took his hand and kissed it. “Worried? About a figure in my dreams, maybe only figment of my imagination?”
“Nevertheless,” he said, examining her hand, “he evidently makes a good impression.”
copyright Milly Reynolds 2020
Milly Reynolds is an established crime fiction author.
Her main character is DI Mike Malone, not your typical sleuth. He’s kind of nice and affable, with only one or two hang ups in his past!
He’s based in ‘sleepy’ Lincolnshire, in the east of England, where the local community is friendly, though at times a little strange and well…
The books are a little quirky, perhaps quintessentially English in style.
Another character is Jack Sallt, a detective who could have wandered onto the other side of the tracks, but who has a certain charm and winning way, with a penchant of getting into trouble.
Find her books here
Watch a video interview here
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