Future cosy mystery series: Miss Beckett Changes Her Mind

Now, it’s like this. I’m a big fan of Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver, and have been since I was about ten years old. And a few years ago, for some crazy reason, I decided I would write a spin-off of my own devising, featuring Miss Silver’s great-niece, Josephine Burkett and set in the 1960s. I hadn’t heard of fan-fic back then, even though it wasn’t that long ago. I think I wrote the novel as a NaNoWriMo text one year, not sure about that, but it seems to ring a vague bell.

Then, I got in contact with the agent that represented Wentworth’s estate and asked how they would feel about me self-publishing the book. Not very happy at all, as it turned out. In fact they prohibited me from using any of Wentworth’s characters, stating they were exploring options for a possible TV series or a further range of books. ‘Ah!’ I said, very cleverly, ‘then you might want to read my book, Miss Burkett Changes Her Mind, and… you know … publish it…’

‘Send us some sample chapters,’ they said. so I did. And what do you think happened? That’s right, nothing. I reminded them a couple of times and in the end, they said, ‘Thanks but no thanks.’

So here are a few chapters, with the names changed to protect the innocent. I don’t know what to do with it now. I already have a mystery series set in the 1930s. Do I want one set in the 1960s as well? I can’t decide. What do you think?

The chapters are quite short, and a bit creaky, so don’t expect too much. I’ve quickly changed a few names around to avoid upsetting the people in the office, but if you know the Miss Silver books, some of this will be familiar to you. Happy Reading!

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five