At Easter thanksgiving in Great Marton last weekend, our vicar entertained youngsters with a chocolate egg rolling contest. His church is St. Paul’s, and his name Christopher Wren.
You couldn’t make up that coincidence in famous names, could you? Yet my latest novel effort employs more surprising twists to get us into church, namely mystery and life-and-death drama – both, of course, abundant in the Bible.
There’s also humour, which the Reverend Wren often employs – and why not? Many a true word is said in jest, while people must be relaxed and open-minded to be spiritually receptive.
There’s also romance in A Cut Above, as the latest book is entitled, but more of that later.
I employed comedy lines and jokes because the plot involves the suspicious death of a famous comedian.
Its action is on the Fylde, where many top comedians reside close to our centres of entertainment.
Our beautiful coast is also full of contrasts, so is perfect for scenes from leafy Lytham to bustling Blackpool and then friendly Fleetwood, with its backdrop of Lakeland mountains.
There are real characters featured, too, as people here are also diverse and colourful. Most also thankfully enjoy – like our holiday coast itself – some gentle limelight on their lives.
The hero is a freelance reporter who doubts the mysterious death is suicide. Bravely, he puts his own life in jeopardy investigating, while also getting romantically entangled with two attractive, but very different, leading ladies.
Our hero isn’t based on myself – he is far too good-looking! Also, he’s rather lost and looking for meaning in life – which the Rev Wren provides for us parishioners.
My own purpose, as in writing this column, is to entertain you. It’s my hope the latest book will uplift readers – at least as much as that chocolate egg roll did for the children.
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