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The Missing Bit

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A good old while since I posted here, which is very remiss of me. I’ve got a few posts lined up (well, in my head anyway), but right now I can’t not say that the new Magali Rousseau mystery is out. Cash in Carry, number 2 in the series. Now some of you might be thinking, ‘What? Doesn’t he mean number 3?’ Nope. Cash in Carry is the second. Chronologically, that is, in Magali’s life, but yes, you’re right – it’s the third in my own writing life.

From a marketing point of view, that is of course pretty crass. But a few months back, I received an email from a reader who’d enjoyed One Green Bottle and Perfume Island, but said that between the two, there were unexplained developments. And it struck me how right she was. So I wrote Cash in Carry to fill the gap. Every once in a while, a reader takes the trouble to share their thoughts like that. It’s a wonderful moment.

To be precise, I’d written most of it already, even before I started the Magali Rousseau series. But I’d got three-quarters done when it stuttered to a halt. Something was missing, so I put it aside and thought one day I’d figure out what it was. With hindsight, it should have been obvious, because the story had a crime but no detective. It was crying out for Magali. I’ve learnt the lesson now – if you’re doing a series, plan the whole lot together. It’s what I’ve just done for a news series I’m working on. But more on that another time.

Anyway, that’s the story behind the story, but what about the story itself? Well, here’s the blurb.

One woman escaping her past, another trapped in a terrifying present.

One man with everything to live for, another with nothing to lose.

In a seaside town in the south of France, three days of anguish play out behind closed doors. And four destinies hang in the balance as events spiral out of control.

When a young woman is snatched from the centre of Marseille, no one suspects the kidnappers’ motivations. With the woman’s life in danger, and the pressure building up towards a disturbing climax, Magali Rousseau needs to show that she is the person for the job. Whilst knowing all along that she isn’t.

Cash in Carry. A kidnap story with a twist.

And here is where it can be found:

Amazon                       Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo


12 thoughts on “The Missing Bit

  1. GD Deckard says:

    Huzzah! Congratulations, Curtis! Not sure why you have more hours in your day than us mere mortals, but, I’m happy that you find the time to write and to edit. I wish you all the best with “Cash in Carry.”

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    • Thanks, GD. Wouldn’t it indeed be nice to have more hours! I fear it’s been at the expense of my posts here, amongst other things. But it’s satisfying to see the series progress, even in such a disjointed manner.

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  2. The book’s title and cover image are great grabbers.  I wish my garden slugs were that colorful, but I’m glad they are not that large.

    The backstory about #2 vs #3 is fascinating.  Yes, it is wonderful that a reader was so interested and helpful.

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    • Thanks, Mellow. My first feedback on the cover as opposed to the content so it’s good to be reassured. That particular slug took up residence in our letter box and was indeed of an impressive build. I allowed it to stay (even though it eats our mail and pays no rent) on condition it posed for the cover.

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  3. mimispeike says:

    This is so interesting, that you wrote a book to close a gap. Can you give us a hint of what the gap consisted of? No, maybe you shouldn’t tell me. I’ll (re)read book one, then book three, and try to guess it. Then, I’ll read book two. Eventually I’ll report back on if I was successful.

    This is a fun puzzle to solve! I hope to learn from it.

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