by Simon Cann
GENRE: Crime Thriller
Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money.
But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn’t come running, something is up. He doesn’t appear because he’s been murdered.
When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner.
Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.
Clementina was clearly offended.
Offended by my apparently uncouth utterance. Offended that I was not paying due reverence. Offended that I was thinking money, when I should be appreciating the art. Offended in the way that only a seventeen-year-old can be offended.
She was able simultaneously to be both a child and a world-weary adult. Neither of whom was accepting of my situation; both of whom were deeply saddened by my obvious circumstances.
She was saddened that I could live in a world like this.
Some people are saddened about famine in Africa. Some are saddened about wars or religious fundamentalists imposing their unyielding doctrines on populations, killing and mutilating children and innocent adults. Clementina was saddened and offended—on my behalf—that the world of jewelry and the exquisite pleasure of fine gems set in delicate pieces of lovingly shaped precious metal had been withheld from me.
She knew—as only one who had been indoctrinated into the secret society knew—that if I had been exposed to the world of bijouterie, then I would appreciate the treat that was waiting for me.
What she didn’t know was that I hated being patronized by seventeen-year-olds. Even if their father was paying me. Not that her father and I had actually done anything as tedious as agreeing a fee.
Or talking. Even on the phone.
Can you describe your dream home?
Location, location, location.
My dream house would be pretty much the house I live in now—I’d just like to fix the squeaky floorboards, the plumbing, and update the electrics.
If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
Nothing—I’d take you out for dinner. The dining room table is covered with the research and planning for my next book.
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
Every time anyone offers a kind word about one of my books, THAT is the best for me. I truly appreciate and am humbled by the consideration given to me by readers.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I’m going to be really dull here (given that I’ve set my series in Paris)… I’d probably go to Paris. But maybe the publisher would like to pay for a better hotel than the one I stayed in last time?
Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?
For this cover I did something I said I’d never do—I’m using a cover I designed.I took the photo (of the Pont de Bir-Hakeim—a bridge over the River Seine) when I was in Paris in March. It captured almost exactly the vibe I was after, so the cover is really little more than that photo with my name and the title slapped on top.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey series of books.
In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, and has also worked as a ghostwriter.
Before turning full-time to writing, Simon spent nearly two decades as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.
He lives in London.
The book will be free on Amazon from Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July (inclusive).