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Who Killed Toby Glovins? Third Excerpt

It was dusk by the time Freddie returned to Foxgrove Park. At this same hour yesterday, they’d found Toby dead. Instead of entering the house, he walked a little way down the drive toward the Vixen and let himself in … Continue reading

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Who Killed Toby Glovins? Second Excerpt

“Freddie.” When Freddie left the Vixen, he headed toward Foxgrove along a path that skirted the outer garden wall. Inspector Deffords stood waiting for him. “I thought you’d gone.” “I had some business with my men before they packed up, … Continue reading

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Excerpt from “Who Killed Toby Glovins?”

The bride’s and groom’s friends prepare decorations in the garden the evening before the wedding… The last chain of flowers was finished as the sun sank out of sight behind the garden wall. Bicky and, at his brother’s insistence, Dotty … Continue reading

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Another Excerpt from “Cousin Wilfrid”

The investigation begins: After lunch, Kell and Phillip accompanied Billy to the Rose and Crown. They’d discussed their plans with Freddie and agreed that this would be the most effective way to get information. The village inhabitants enjoyed few things … Continue reading

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Excerpt from “Cousin Wilfrid”

From The Abrupt Disappearance of Cousin Wilfrid: On Monday morning while he breakfasted at a little table in the bow window of his room, there was knock at the door. Freddie looked up from his plate of bacon and eggs, … Continue reading

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Another excerpt from “The Family Jewels”

The Taggarts weren’t an old county family like the Babingtons, but had gained prominence a generation ago following the success of the Taggart boiled sweets factory in Colchester. Mr. Taggart was also the local MP. Freddie had met him once … Continue reading

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Excerpt from “The Family Jewels”

A mystery set in the 1920s, continuing the adventures of Frederick Babington. ___________________________________ It was a beautiful, crisp, and colorful autumn afternoon. Frederick Babington, who was visiting his aunt in the Suffolk village of Abbotshill, decided to take a walk. … Continue reading

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Another excerpt from “Maiden In Light”

Laurel follows her uncle one night to discover what goes on during the wizard’s secret vigils: ____________________________________________ After sunset on Midsummer eve, as twilight deepened, Laurel hid and waited impatiently in the shadowed thickets of the chapel garden. From her … Continue reading

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Another excerpt from The Wizard’s Son

A traveling troupe of actors performs their own interpretation of a very old and highly symbolic play______________________________________________ After dinner, Redmantyl brought Orlan downstairs. “You’re going to see a play tonight, Little One,” he said. A stage had been set on … Continue reading

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Excerpt from “Maiden In Light”

Laurel attempts to bring out her timid cousin Igren’s latent magical abilities.____________________________________________ “Igren, will you have another lesson?” “If you wish.” The girl rose from the coucherie by her dressing-room windows, where she’d been watching the rain, and came to … Continue reading

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