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Added on: 16th November, 2011


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Wed, 16 November 2011

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Forest Hill resident Pat Herbert has had her first novel, an occult mystery entitled "The Bockhampton Road Murders", published.

Pat started writing during quiet moments at the private cardiac clinic where she works as a receptionist. At first, it was just to keep from being bored, but soon a short story began to take on a life of its own until, three months later, a full novel was produced.

Encouraged by a close friend, she approached various literary agents and, within the space of a couple of weeks, she had found a champion in Darin Jewel of the Inspira Group. He believed in her novel and, after every major publishing house had turned it down, suggested she self-publish. The book was given the full traditional book treatment by New Generation Publishing, and is now easily available online at Amazon and other major sites, including a Kindle version.

The book is still struggling its way into the shops, but Pat is determined to see her novel on the bookshelves of Waterstones and other major retailers soon!

Since finishing her first novel, Pat has written three more, and is currently working on her fifth.

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Judith Sturman - 15 Mar, 2012 - 17:00PM

I got into this novel from the first page. There is a lot to keep the interest as the plot weaves between three time periods - the mid 1890s, mid 1960s and 2008. There's a great cast of characters which are brought to life very much by the dialogue - and the unlikely hero the Rev Paltoquet, with his penchant for Hob nobs, is very engaging. It's a murder mystery but with a lively vein of humour running through it. At 350 pages you can really get stuck in.

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