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With big thanks to everyone who helped with this, I have settled on the back cover text for “The Man in the Canary Waistcoat”:

In this new mystery, Constable Sam Plank suspects there may be a link between a suicide, an embezzler, an arsonist and a thief.  No corner of Regency London is untouched by these crimes, as he travels from the mansions of St James back to his own childhood haunts among the dank alleyways of Wapping.

As his steadfast wife becomes involved in his investigations, and with a keen young police officer now under his command, Sam finds himself leading them all into a confrontation with some ruthless and brutal adversaries – one of whom he had hoped never to see again.”

I’ve sent it to the cover designer, and he says – and I quote: “We’ve already made a great start on the research for this one, so it’s well underway!”  I may not sleep tonight – the thought of seeing the cover for “Canary” is Just Too Exciting.  But I have to sleep, as tomorrow is the day of the local authors’ event at the library when my Sam Plank bookmarks will make their debut, and I need to be on sparkling yet intriguing form, as befits a writer of mysteries.  Perhaps I should wear dark glasses and a hat to create more of an air of drama – and to hide the eye-bags from not sleeping.

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