Sturgeon's Violin, Troubador Publishing, 2019
â€œThough this be madness, yet there is method inÂ't..." (Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2)
This is a collection of twelve tales depicting rare eccentrics and their curious deeds.
An accomplished string quartet strive for perfection. But one of the players is doomed from the moment he arrives in their rural haven.
In a moonlit garden, four sisters of mercy clasp hands and chant their deadly pact. Which of them shall be left behind?
The respectable Eleanor reads Madame Bovary, her book clubÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s choice of the month. Abruptly, she is engulfed in a sexual affair she could never have envisaged.
A ventriloquist resolves to burn Annie, his rags-and-stitches dummy, and open the door to a new life. But will Annie surrender?
A widower hikes to the heart of an ancient forest to scatter his wifeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ashes, then discovers a new and devastating truth.
Young Beth drives to her Kansas homestead for a family birthday. But the still shades of the cottonwoods give rise to secrets, lies, untold truths and murder.
25 years on, old friends reunite. At first relaxed and easy in the Welsh sun, they slip slowly into old rivalries, to reap what they sowed long ago.
Two widows meet at a Portuguese funeral. While the grieving tones of the fado caress the air, they discover they are linked by a strange symmetry of fate.
Read on ...
I turned to writing fiction after a career of teaching in England, Wales, the United States, Portugal and Germany.
Would you like to read my earlier fiction?
Nomads' Rest, Troubador Publishing, 2011 (novel).
Penny a Look, Tuppence a Feel, Janus Publishing Co, 2013 (stories / biography).
Body English, Troubador Publishing, 2016 (stories).