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Hattie Goes to Hollywood
A Cumbrian Village…
A red-hot summer…
Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?
A funny and intriguing mystery – the first in a new series by Caroline James
When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?
And Now for the extract:
Extract from Hattie Goes To Hollywood.
On her first day in the village of Hollywood, Hattie is making herself at home and sets off to meet the locals…
‘Good morning, Mrs Mulberry.’ Hattie looked up. On the other side of the road, a female of gargantuan proportions stood by a ladder and waved a limp chamois to attract Hattie’s attention.
‘Hello there,’ Hattie replied and looked at the woman, who’d stepped onto the ladder and now teetered precariously under a sign that read:
ROBERT’S CONVENIENCE STORES
Underneath the word ‘stores’ further signage advertised a post office and gift shop within.
‘Have you settled in?’ the woman asked as she began to clean a window.
Hattie checked that there was no traffic heading in either direction, then stepped off the pavement to make her way over the road. She grabbed hold of the ladder, to steady the weight of the woman, who would surely topple over and crush anything in her path, including Hattie.
‘We saw that there was mail for you,’ the woman said and rubbed the window half-heartedly. ‘Post-marked Herefordshire, is that where you’re from?’
Hattie nodded and struggled with her grip, as two vast Lycra-covered buttocks threatened to engulf her.
‘That’s me done,’ the woman said and heaved herself down. She stared at Hattie. ‘Joan Roberts, owner of this store. My other half, Arnie, is inside, come and meet him.’
Hattie allowed Joan to grab her arm and manhandle her into the shop where a tall, rake-thin man stood behind a counter. With brows furrowed over the pinched-in cheeks of his sallow face, his mournful eyes watched Hattie approach.
‘Arnie, this is Mrs Mulberry from the old cottage in Lover’s Lane. It belonged to her aunt. You remember Annie? She died not so long back.’ Joan thrust Hattie forward. ‘Mrs Mulberry has just moved in.’
‘Pleased to meet you, I’m Hattie.’ She held out her hand.
Arnie nodded and Hattie felt his clammy fingers softly shake her hand. She resisted the urge to snatch it away. Looking around at the sparsely stocked shop, she noted the stark interior under fluorescent lights that highlighted half-empty shelves. Fading post-cards sat in a rusting rack alongside a pile of second-hand books.
‘If there’s anything you need, just let us know,’ Joan said. ‘We deliver the papers and there’s fresh bread and pies every day.’
Hattie’s eyes fell on the display of pork pies, set out under a glass dome. Joan wedged her body behind the counter and onto a chair then reached for a box of fancies and offered one to Hattie.
‘Don’t mind if I do,’ Hattie said and took a cake. ‘I’ll take a loaf and a pork pie too.’ She reached for her purse.
‘Put that away, have your first shop on us,’ Joan said. ‘If you need anything delivering, Arnie here will call by.’ She picked up a loaf of bread and a small pie and placed them into a brown paper bag.
‘Thank you.’ Hattie said, ‘nice to meet you both.’ As she stepped out of the shop and began to walk briskly away, she felt eyes burn into her back and was sure that Joan and Arnie had moved over to the window, to see where she was going.
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Author Bio –
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
Books by Caroline James:
Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me
Coffee Tea the Chef & Me
Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me
The Best Boomerville Hotel
Hattie Goes to Hollywood
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