Typing Through the Grapevine | An English Mystery

By Jessica Newberne

Draft 1 Posted Date: 1/22/2015

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About the Book:

The year is 1945, and World War II has gratefully ended. For London editor Henry Blevins, though, the celebration is hollow. The five-year mark of his late wife, Celia's, tragic death is upon him. Her death by falling in front of a tube train has been ruled an accident--but Henry has never trusted that verdict. Additionally, typewriters are being stolen all over London, presumably by a mysterious crime syndicate that calls itself the "Grapevine Alliance." As if that weren't enough, mysterious and troubling elements of Henry's childhood are coming back to haunt him in his current struggles. Was Celia's death really an accident? What secrets are locked in an old pocket watch Henry found as a boy? And what does this Grapevine Alliance have to gain by stealing all of London's writing machines? Henry and his longtime friend, Inspector Mona Murray, attempt to answer these questions and find out what--if any--terrifying connections may exist between these mysteries.

About the Author:

I am a recent graduate of Hollins University located in Roanoke, VA, with a degree in English/Creative Writing and music. I have written since childhood and love to write in nearly every genre-- primarily nonfiction essay, poetry, and fiction. I also love to play the piano; music is a huge influence on my writing. I look forward to connecting with all of you wonderful writers here on Book Country!

Author's Note:

In this first draft, I have a prologue which acts as a foray into Henry's childhood. Then, we proceed to the present day mysteries. These, especially, require a lot of research (which I am in the process of), but I could use some advice on how to make the police procedure aspects more believable.

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