Winona Kent - Ticket to Ride
In 1974, top UK band Figgis Green was riding high in the charts with their blend of traditional Celtic ballads mixed with catchy, folky pop. One of their biggest fans was sixteen-year old Pippa Gladstone, who mysteriously vanished while she was on holiday with her parents in Spain in March that same year.
Now it's 2018, and founding member Mandy Green has reunited the Figs for their last-ever Lost Time Tour. Her partner, Tony Figgis, passed away in 1995, so his place has been taken by their son, professional jazz guitarist (and amateur sleuth) Jason Davey.
As the band meets in a small village on the south coast of England for pre-tour rehearsals, Jason's approached by Duncan Stopher, a diehard Figs fan, who brings him a photo of the band performing at the Wiltshire Folk Festival. Standing in the foreground is Pippa Gladstone. The only problem is the Wiltshire Folk Festival was held in August 1974, five months after Pippa disappeared.
But nothing can prepare Jason for the truth about Pippa, which he discovers just as Figgis Green is about to take to the stage on opening night—with or without him.
So 'Ticket to Ride' continues the story.
In Lost Time, professional musician/amateur sleuth Jason Davey was rehearsing for Figgis Green's 50th Anniversary Tour of England. Now they're on the road.
But when a fortune-teller in Sheffield warns them of impending danger, the band is suddenly plagued by a series of seemingly-unrelated mishaps. After Jason is attacked and nearly killed in Cambridge, it becomes clear they're being targeted by someone with a serious grudge. And when Figgis Green plays a gig at a private estate in Tunbridge Wells, that person finally makes their deadly intentions known. Jason must rely on his instincts, his Instagram "guardian angel", and a wartime ghost, in order to survive
'Ticket to Ride' - Published 26th March 2022!
'Lost Time' now on sale in Indigo Robson bookshop in Vancouver.
Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon with fellow CWC writers Rick Alexander Jr and Bob Harris, touring around Lower Mainland Indigo bookstores while Rick signed copies of his novel, iHit. We visited the flagship store on Robson, Park Royal in West Van, Granville and Broadway, and Burnaby Metrotown. Rick's book is in all four locations...my novel, Lost Time, is on the local writers bookshelf at Indigo Robson (and hopefully at the others in January!) only three signed copies left so if you want to grab it--better hurry!
And good news--all three of my Jason Davey books - Disturbing the Peace, Notes on a Missing G-String and Lost Time -- will be available for distribution through Ingram/Spark on November 26. This will make it easier for bookstores to order the paperbacks, and for libraries to get copies in.