One May Smile

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The shark’s reputation precedes him,
demonized in the minds of millions,
movie-goers jumping,
or hiding behind
their darkened seats.
Predators must hunt,
unsmiling and relentless,
the prey must die
so they can live;
for nature’s complexity
is for us to understand — not judge.
A greater power than Man
put this realm together.
And as a poet once said:
‘…one may smile, and smile,
and be a villain–‘
So step back,
you silver-tongued fiends,
those who think
they know better;
Your power is temporal,
so brief,
whilst the shark’s honest instinct
is ageless, only taking its due.

*Quotation from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5, line 108.

Copyright Francis 2020

Earthweal Weekly Challenge: Shark Poetry

The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder — The Book Lovers’ Sanctuary (Reblog)

I’m hoping it will not be the essay I proposed to Mrs Morgan. I’m hoping it will be the truth. What really happened to Andie Bell on the 20th April 2012? And – as my instincts tell me – if Salil ‘Sal’ Singh is not guilty, then who killed her? How would a community react […]

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The Tall and Sturdy Oak Tree — Primitive Poetry (Reblog)

Through the iron bars I can seeThat tall and sturdy oak tree.Though these bars are rustedAnd my cellmate untrusted,That tree stands tall and meanIn that wild field of green. A remembrance to men like meThat at one point we were free.Tall and sturdy, green and rootedTill one day to jail we were booted.For a crime […]

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***Reblogged by Francis Barker, poet.

‘Goodbye, Mr Sallt’ Detective Jack Sallt Series, by Milly Reynolds

Forced out of the Police, former maverick Detective Inspector Jack Sallt still finds himself drawn back into investigating the mysterious disappearance of long standing colleague and friend, Liv Harris.

Continuing to probe privately, Jack begins to uncover links between her disappearance, ongoing Police and political corruption, along with the high incidence of missing young women in his new home town.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*You never know when you might need to defend yourself…

‘Twisted Gemini’ Detective Jack Sallt, by Milly Reynolds

In this third outing for DI Jack Sallt the stakes are raised.

Two children have been abducted on their way home from school. Their father, a man in the public eye, wants answers fast and Jack doesn’t have any.

All roads are going to nowhere. He doesn’t know who took the children and he doesn’t know why the children were taken. All that Jack Sallt knows is that it is up to him to find them, and find them alive.

Another story set in the beautiful North Norfolk landscape

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘One Pig More’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery, by Milly Reynolds

This is the 18th ebook in the Mike Malone Murder Mystery Series.

DI Mike Malone and his trusted partner DS Alan Shepherd are faced with a tricky problem.

They are used to crimes which involve the theft of belongings, of animals so what do they do when the local farmers suddenly find that they are the victims of giving?

As they also have a local drugs operation to keep under surveillance and a friend to help, life is very busy – and interesting.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Run To Me’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery, by Milly Reynolds

This is number 17 in the Mike Malone Murder Mystery Series.

DI Mike Malone is given a puzzle to solve by a friend, find his sister.

However, before he can even begin to delve into this mystery the case he has always feared arrives in his little market town – a missing child.

Join DI Malone as, together with his faithful DS Alan Shepherd, they look for the child and stumble across another serious crime on the way.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Killed With A Kiss’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery, by Milly Reynolds

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.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Beauty Sleep’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery, by Milly Reynolds

In this, the fifteenth installment of the Mike Malone murder mystery series, Mike has two problems to solve.

He still needs to identify the Blob that keeps appearing on the riverbank in the midnight hours.

But a more serious concern is the disappearances of sixth-formers form the local Academy. Is there a serial killer at large?

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

‘Have A Heart’ A Mike Malone Murder Mystery

This is book number 13 in the Mike Malone Murder Mystery ebook series.

It is time for the annual Pumpkin Parade and Detective Inspector Mike Malone wants nothing more than to enjoy the fruits of the season with his family.

However, when one of the town’s residents starts receiving unwanted and sinister gifts from a stalker, all thoughts of autumnal fun are put to one side.

Together with his trusted Detective Sergeant, Alan Shepherd, Mike finds that very quickly, he has more murders on his plate than slices of pie.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Blackbeard | The Man Behind One of The Most Notorious 18th Century Pirate That Ever Lived — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY (Reblog)

The strongest quality Blackbeard had were his ability to terrify others. It was a skill that allowed him to be a successful pirate without having to spill a lot of blood. He had a long black beard that would cover his whole face giving him a very menacing appearance. He is known for being one […]

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