Behold, the subject of The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable, the Quaker John Tawell, a true Jekyll-and-Hyde character. It’s always great being able to put a picture to a name, isn’t it. I didn’t have the pleasure of doing so with the little minx, Jane New (An Irresistible Temptation) or William Blackstone and his bank robbery brethren (Breaking the Bank). Captain Thunderbolt (Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady) was survived only by his gruesome morgue photos and Mary Ann Bugg (Thunderbolt’s lady) by a speckled shot. But herewith John Tawell. If only it showed his full face, rather than just the side view. The man who drew the picture was one of the journalists at Tawell’s trial, so the side view was probably the only view he had.
All is progressing well with my international book. It now has a title: The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: a True Tale of Passion, Poison and Pursuit. Click here for the catalogue announcement. It is being published on 5 September 2013 in Britain, on 8 October 2013 in USA and Canada, and I'm not sure yet what the date is for Australia and New Zealand. Join my email mailing list (go to Contacts page) and I can let you know when it is coming out and where you can purchase it.
To my delight, One World publishing in the UK has picked up my recently completed murder mystery (title to be determined) which will be published in the UK, US/Canada and Australia/New Zealand next year. It tells the story of John Tawell, the first "murderer" caught using the electric telegraph, the consequences of which kick-started the Communication Revolution. It is very exciting to be published abroad!
What with the Biographical Database of Australia going online in January (huge amount of work still to be done there), my commitments in terms of the editing process for this new contract, and researching and writing The Lucretia Borgia of Botany Bay, I am going to incredibly busy indeed over the next 12-18 months.
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