Looking back on my previous blogs, I read what I’d written this time last year. To say the year didn’t go according to plan would be a huge understatement. Although the pandemic is far from over, glimpses of its end are occasionally seen through the metaphorical “pea-souper” fog. I’m an eternal optimist so I wanted to start this year on a positive note. As you can see, I’ve mastered the art of Zoom backgrounds. I don’t have a green screen so this is the next best thing. The illustration behind me was drawn by Peter Spells who draws all the illustrations for my books. You can see more of his work here: https://www.peterspells.co.uk/
I wish I could invite you inside but current restrictions mean we have to meet at a distance of two-metres on Bow Street. Just be careful where you step. As for me, I have two very exciting announcements up my sleeve which I will reveal in the coming months. Be sure to subscribe to the Gaslight Gazette to be kept informed of all the latest news, Victorian slang, Victorian recipes, and book/website recommendations: https://www.bowstreetsociety.com/news.html Subscribers are also the first to read brand new, serialised Bow Street Society Casebook short stories. This month it will be part 1 of The Case of Mastermind Moss featuring journalist Mr Joseph Maxwell and lawyer Mr Gregory Elliott as the detectives. By the end of this year, I would have completed volume 5 of the Bow Street Society Casebook (where has the time gone?).
At present I’m writing the fifth Bow Street Society Mystery. This will mark the half-way point of the current series and will be filled with plenty of drama. I will not reveal its title just yet as it’s going to be a few months before it’s finished and I wouldn’t want to put you through the agony of wondering and waiting. The events which unfold are connected to a Bow Street Society member, though. The question is: which one?
I’m slowly growing the Bow Street Society YouTube channel. You can subscribe to the channel by going to YouTube, logging into the site using your Gmail account and clicking ‘subscribe’ on the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcZQ1jSDYTjnkT_3k-rP2Q Be sure to comment on the videos with suggestions for content for future videos!
Currently, I have two book signing events booked for this year: Manchester Author Event & Gig on Saturday 7th August and the Liverpool Albert Dock Signing on Saturday 18th September. I’m really hoping they can go ahead as all the events I had booked for last year were cancelled! To find out more about these events and to book your tickets, click here: https://www.bowstreetsociety.com/2019-events.html
Finally, I intend to visit lots more places of interest in London once the pandemic has eased enough. There are lots of locations used in the books which I’d like to tell you more about as part of the ‘Bow Street Society’s London’ series of blogs. One of these places will be the new reading room for the Metropolitan Police Service’s historic collection.
Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads. I’m also an active member in the UK Crime Book Club and Crime Fiction Addict groups on Facebook. There is also a Fans of the Bow Street Society Facebook Group where you can meet other fans and discuss the books. I hope to see you there!
~T.G. Campbell, January 2021
LET'S START AGAIN, SHALL WE?
T.G. Campbell looks to the year ahead