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The Other Montecarlo (sample chapters)
Cole disappears one day from his job at a grungy supermarket, only to resurface in Italy. His family and friends are baffled. Soon Cole has a whole new identity, and is solving a centuries-old historical mystery. Who was Tuscany in Italy named? Who were the initiates, and what was their impact on the beautiful architecture of the most breath-taking cities in Europe? And where was the first Montecarlo? Sample Chapters from The Other Montecarlo - Companion novella to the full-length novel The Bohemian Mystery, also by Clare Blanchard.
The Tainted Vintage SAMPLE Chapters1-3
A sample Chapter 1 from The Tainted Vintage, No. 1 in the Dvorska and Dambersky Crime Series, set mainly in Central Europe. Daniel Slansky is found dead in his own wine cellar after his 57th birthday celebrations. The two detectives sent round are under pressure to dismiss his death as by natural causes. But was it? And what does this small town community in a charming wine-growing region have to hide?
Do you believe in ghosts? I didn't, until I was visited by one while staying one night at a small hotel in the centre of old Prague. No howling in white sheets - nothing like that. Just a darkly disturbing, and disturbed, presence of someone desperate to make his story heard. At the time, I put the experience down to eating too much cheese late at night, turned over and went back to sleep. But the next day I got up and wandered into a bookstore, picked up a book called 'Praga Mysteriosa' and read the story of a ghost said to haunt the very street where I had slept. The ghost of a barber who had left his family to become an alchemist. It destroyed him and his family, but his story then became one of hope and restoration for someone else.
The Nesting Dolls
The severed hand of a young Czech woman is found in an orange grove in Spain. Detective Dambersky happens to be on vacation nearby, and is called in. As he and his colleagues start to investigate, they find links to prostitution, drugs and the world of international art theft. But who are the victims and who are the perpetrators here? Part One of The Forbidden Portrait, by Clare Blanchard. 2nd in the Dvorska and Dambersky crime series. Out soon.