The 1949 Affair – Ask me a question

Hi guys: Lucy and Mark’s 1949 affair 1 paper back  versionnext adventure is out next week. If you have any questions about their previous adventure – The End of the Pier Affair – or their latest travels in the 1949 Affair: post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them…

If you don’t fancy posting here and are a member of goodreads, you can post your question there 🙂

 

Look forward to hearing from you

Branching Out

Lucy and Mark’s adventures are nearing their end as I begin the research for the final tale. Provisionally titled the Cut Throat Alley Affair and set in the summer of 1888, our heroes (once again) have to stop the Armstrong Brothers from Killing Lloyd George. But this time there is a greater danger – Jack the Ripper is after Lucy.

And as this trilogy draws to a close, I started to think about the blog. What do I do with it? Where does it go next?

Because, I think I have caught this writing bug – big time.

You see,  Mark and Lucy are not the only characters gossiping away inside my head. Symington Byrd a gentleman detective from the Golden Age of Crime Fiction is joined by a plucky east end side kick, Emily Davies;  and they are regaling me  with murders and puzzles galore. Not only do they have three books of their own to fill, but the research for their world needs to go somewhere.

Thus, the revamp. I hope you like it. As always it’s a work in progress, so do let me know if you think there’s anything I can add/change/ do.

 

1949 Affair

 

As I were going up the stairs

I met a man – who shouldn’t be there!

He shouldn’t be there again today,

I wish I wish, he’d go away!

Well, finally Lucy and Mark’s second adventure is with the publisher…

I worry – will he like it?

How much will he chop from it? What will he say needs changing?

Oh well – only time will tell 🙂

 

Catch up with Lucy and Mark’s first adventure  by clicking here

The End of the Pier Affair

If you go down to the pier today, you’d better not go alone.
It’s lovely down on the pier today but safer to stay at home

Lucy knew that; that’s why she took Mark with her.  But they were only going to take a few photos of the out of bounds section; it wasn’t like they were going to do anything dangerous…

But the moment you do one stupid thing, there’s no escape.

Whisked from the relative safety of Southend Pier, Lucy and Mark find themselves in a top secret underground facility. Not that they know that at the time – they think they’re just in the tunnels of the doomed Aldwych/Strand Station.

When they find they’re actually in 1909 – not 2013; they decide to explore.

Arriving in the East End of London, they they do their second stupid thing, as they stop a horse and carriage from crashing.

After that things get weird.

Someone is trying to kill both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Home Secretary and will stop at nothing to achieve this end – even if it means destroying the whole of Time to do it!

From East End of  London to 11 Downing Street; From the Maiden Voyage of the Titanic to Dover Castle – you need to join the friends as they try to keep history as we know it – not as others would prefer it to be…

The Secret of Aldwych Strand: The End of the Pier Affair is now on Kindle.

The Secret Of Aldwych Strand: – Where it all started

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These are the shots Lucy was after the day she persuaded her BF Mark to help her with a school history project. Like me, Lucy knew that simply re-hashing the history of the pier would not nail her the A*. After all, everyone knows:

  • It started life as a 300 foot (ft) wooden pier which opened in 1830
  • It got into financial difficulties and was sold in 1846 for £17000
  • By 1848 it was the longest pier in Europe (7,000 ft)
  • The iron replacement pier was designed by Scots engineer Sir James Brunless.
  • Although not completed until 1889, the new pier actually opened to the public in the summer of 1887
  • The first extension opened in 1898 as a response to the increased number of steam boats visiting the pier.
  • The upper deck opened in 1908 (one year after the opening of the doomed Aldwych Strand Station)
  • Further extensions opened in 1927
  • The Prince George Extension opened in1929, making Southend the Longest Pleasure Pier in the world at 1.34 miles.
  • The electric railway was extended to its present run in 1931
  • on the 27th June 1931 – Ernest Turner ( on a works outing from the Ansell’s Brewery Birmingham) fell off the tram and died instantly.
  • It celebrated its centenary in 1935
  • It’s been beset by fires 1913/14 (allegedly), 1976, 1995 & 2005
  • During WW2 it was closed and became part of HMS Westcliff

Of course, Lucy and Mark can’t possibly explain why there’s a link between Southend Pier and Aldwych Strand Station; nor can they explain time travel. But hey: they’re doing a History Project – Not a science experiment