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The next John Rawlings novel is entitled Death on the Rocks - you can read more about it below. It is being published on 19th December and I am going to have two launch parties, one on Saturday 21st December at British Made, a wonderfully eccentric shop in Battle High Street. This will start at noon and go on until 3 p.m. when the inhabitants of Battle will pour out onto the street heavily laden with copies. (1 hope!) The second one, to which
all my readers who live within striking distance of London are invited, is at The Old Bell in Fleet
Street - a drinking establishment often frequented by Mr. Rawlings himself. This will be held on
Twelfth Night, 6th January 2014, starting at 6 p.m.and continuing until 8 p.m., when a line of
carriages and hearses will remove the revellers to a nearby chop house in pursuit of an ordinary.
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Apothecary John Rawlings is intrigued when a letter arrives asking him to investigate an impostor claiming to be the long-lost step-son of a wealthy Bristol merchant in possession of his dead wife's diamond inheritance.
John Rawlings' father, Sir Gabriel Kent joins him on the trip to take the healing waters at Hotwell where they socialize with the creme of Bristol society. But Rawlings is compelled to try and solve the mystery and so he must trawl through the underbelly of eighteenth-century society to unearth the sordid secrets at the heart of the investigation.
Death on the Rocks will be published by Severn House Publishers on 19th December 2013; it is available for order from Amazon or from any bookshop (ISBN: 978-0-7278-8354-4).
"Meticulously researched ... brings the past to colourful life"
"This is vintage stuff ... With history this colourful and a mystery this baffling, the result is delicious"
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"As usual, Miss Lake spins a yarn with all the flourish of a dandy producing a silk handkerchief"
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