At this time last year, 2020, we were beginning yet another lock down in the UK after a tumultuous year of Covid. 2020 was not good. 2021 has been better but there is still caution in the UK although many of the restrictions have been lifted and the vaccine programme has been a huge success, long may it continue to be so. This time last year I was delighted that number two in the Inspector Ryga 1950s set mystery series was published in November, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR and now there is another Ryga mystery to add, DEATH IN THE NETS, number three which was published on 4 October 2021.
I am currently writing number four in the series.
After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.
It is available in paperback, as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle.
The first two Inspector Ryga mysteries DEATH IN THE COVE, and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR are also available as audio books on Audible.
There is not much on in November for me. I was hoping to give a talk for the Portsmouth branch of Read Easy, a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups, but sadly that has been postponed to 2022. However, that means there is plenty of time for writing, cracking on with Ryga's latest baffling case, and plenty of time for research for a new DI Andy Horton.
Remember, remember the 5 November
On 5 November there is Guy Fawks night. Guy Fawkes planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes fell from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck. Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot... It's not only Guy Fawkes who can create fireworks.
And lest we forget, November is also the month when we remember the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life. We remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism. On Thursday 11 November at at 11am we will have two minutes silence in their memory. Remembrance Sunday follows on 14 November.
And in the words of the great poet John Keats 1795-1821, as we are deep into Autumn in the UK let's enjoy the "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,"