by Penny Blake

Morning Cuppa: Who Murdered Dr Damien?

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen! A very warm welcome back to Max and Collin’ s ravishingly refreshing and zestily zany parlour located within the splendidly scenic city of Lancaster.

True some have called it too piquant for their tastes, but we consider that such individuals are simply sour that they have not yet received an invitation.

Well you find us this morning safely returned from our inter-dimensional jaunt to MCM Comic Con in London (for some reason your London is not a clockwork city run by Land Pirates as ours is but nevertheless our tri-cornered hats, fake mechanical limbs and crys of ‘arrrr me hearties!’ did not seem to be out of place)

Unfortunately operating the photographic device we had brought with us whilst preventing our small hoard of street urchins from half-inching shiny things, assaulting aliens with their lethal balloon-swords and getting themselves locked up by the security team meant we didn’t actually take many photographs, but here is a small taste of some of the steampunk splendidness that was on show in case you weren’t able to make it there yourselves …

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But now the excitement is all over and we  are very pleased to be home and able to kick our tentacles up on the table with a splendid pot of Lady Grey tea from Mystic Brew Teas and an excellent book… like this one…

blackwood

 

Katie is a 28 year old woman in crisis; her relationship (if you could ever call it that) has crumbled and she’s back at her father’s house popping pills and drowning her sorrows while her demonic step sister is trying to win the world’s worst tantrum award. But when the little brat falls down the stairs, breaking her neck, Katie is blamed for her murder and sent to Greystone Asylum… a dark and terrifying place where death stalks in a black hood and no one is quite what they seem. Who is the mysterious murderer? What secrets are the doctors harbouring behind their office doors? And will Katie survive long enough to find out?

To call this book a contemporary lesbian murder mystery would be accurate but not do it justice. The raw reality of Susanna Kaysen meets the gripping horror of Paul Hoffman in this dark and twisted tale which, amongst the sexual intrigue and the pervading tension, has at its heart some deep questions about humanity, our concept of self and our judgement of others.

Overall, a gripping page-turner which horror and mystery fans will adore.

Now our oracular cephalopterois is straining at the leash to tell us something so let us pop him into his teacup and what his far seeing spines have plucked from the aether for us this morning…

 

Oh ho! Well, that makes sense because it is indeed lemonade season here in Ire and our meticulously maniacal landlord Montmorency has been badgering us again about getting out there and selling the stuff so, for the next few weeks we will be All Over Lemonade; its history, place in Victorian culture and lots of luscious recipes for making your own.

So, we invite you back to join us tomorrow for some lusciously lemony elevenses and until then, please be always,

Utterly Yourself.

 

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4 responses

  1. Yay! Running around London dressed as a pirate sounds like loads of fun!

    I do a bit of production work around town. Recently, I was told to be at the Birmingham zoo in the morning. Upon arrival, I learned that we are putting up a pneumatically animated pirate display. Me mates are a bearded, tattooed and rough looking gang. We all immediately decided to dress as pirates for the remaining job, that lasted a week. It was a blast, traipsing around the zoo dressed as pirates and talking in pirate speech. the kiddies and their mums loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

    June 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      We saw the pics, it looked marvellous! Any links to share?

      Like

      June 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm

  2. Oops! Sorry that did not show up properly. No, sadly, though we dressed as pirates for a week, that is the only pic I have. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    June 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Ah, alas technology strikes again! Nevermind, glad the event was a success tho 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      June 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

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