|Scrawls in the Dust - John Booth||
Inspector Monde solves supernatural mysteries. He’s French and fought in WWII with the French Resistance. He has an affinity for the dead and the supernatural that comes from that time.
The stories are set in 1960/61 in Paris. I wanted the setting to be remote and yet almost familiar. A place where it takes time to find things out and the pace of life is a little slower than our own.
The ghosts of Monde’s Paris are like nothing you’ve seen before. They can be indistinguishable from living people when they manifest and are driven by strong emotions, most often revenge.
Yet the people of Paris pretend they don’t exist. Anomalies are ignored and incidents glossed over. It is simpler not to believe than to believe and this is an age of rationality. And incidents of hauntings are rare.
The people in positions of power know all about them and the police know because they must deal with the consequences. Their answer to the problem comes in the form of Charles Monde. An inspector of police in his forties who is regarded as a bit strange himself. Give the weird cases to him and then look the other way when he solves them. Never ask questions about his methods.
I’ve just finished writing my longest Inspector Monde story. It came in at 10,000 words. I don’t know if I’m ever going to write another. I never do. It will be in the collection Pfoxmoor will publish later this year.
Monde is my Sherlock Holmes and I don’t want to let him down with a poor story. Each story must have a powerful and often shocking plot with an ending you didn’t really expect. The last three Monde’s have been born in my nightmares and then crafted into a coherent story. Death is his subject, the dead and the damned his clients or his enemies.
The stories Love Springs & Prelude are available free from Amazon at the moment. The other stories cost a little, but not a lot. An enormous amount of care went into their preparation. I hope you give them a try.