Rainbow Snippet–from a new Plumber’s Mate Short Story

Capital Crimes no blurbsAnd it’s in an anthology with a Cambridge Fellows short by Charlie Cochrane, plus 8 other shorts by top crime writers, all set in London – how cool is that?

‘A rich and varied assortment of dark minds and dark deeds. Deliciously disturbing.’ Peter James -2015 Voted by WH Smith readers The Best Crime Author Of All Time

“For anyone whose literary tastes run to the dark and the twisty, CAPITAL KILLS is a damn near perfect taster menu.” – Simon Toyne – international bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy

Contains my story The Drag Queen Wore Red, a short story in the Plumber’s Mate Mystery series (set between Heat Trap and Blow Down)

Slightly psychic plumber Tom Paretski and his sister visit London Pride – but crime is never far away! For some, passions are running hotter than the very un-British weather, and Tom finds himself once more at a crime scene when a drag queen is stabbed in a Soho street.

With a foreword by Peter James.

Available now on Amazon

And here’s the snippet:

It was like trying to run through custard. Which was actually kind of an appropriate thought, seeing as how most of the crowd was, in varying proportions, hot, colourful and downright tasty. Everyone and his puppy-play pal was out on the streets of Soho for Pride, and most of ’em were wandering down Old Compton Street in the wrong bloody direction.

The right direction being, obviously, the one I was trying to chase after a would-be murderer in. He was dressed as an angel, in gold lamé shorts and matching wings, which you’d think would help him stand out in a crowd. Generally speaking, you’d be right.

In the middle of Pride? Not so much.

Get more rainbow snippets here!

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About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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17 Responses to Rainbow Snippet–from a new Plumber’s Mate Short Story

  1. P.T. Wyant says:

    Fun descriptions! I love the crowd going the wrong way (I’ve felt the same, many times), and the description of the would-be murderer and how he doesn’t stand out in that crowd. I hope you post more from it.

  2. amyraenbow says:

    I shouldn’t be quite so amused by a potential murder scene, should I? XD Tom has such a strong voice and it shows really well here, frustration and all.

  3. Great snippet! Love the tone of this story and would love to see the guy running dressed as an angel. Wonder if the wings end up tripping him up…

    • jlmerrow says:

      LOL! I was imagining him in more practical, shorter wings – I imagine more realistic ones would weigh a ton and made a quick getaway practically impossible. The story would have been much shorter in that case! 😉

  4. Nice snippet! I’m another fan of your descriptions, and i hope Tom ends up getting his man. 🙂

  5. clarelondon says:

    A great snippet from the story! (I’m reading the antho at the moment *g*)

  6. I really enjoy your writing style. The snippet really captured my imagination.

  7. Jana Denardo says:

    Slightly psychic plumber, that alone makes me want to know more! This was fun.

  8. Elin Gregory says:

    “Not so much” *dies* Great visuals. I must get this book just for your and Charlie’s stories. I’ve never heard of any of the other writers.

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