Title: Dead in the Pond
Series: The Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy, #2
Genre: Gay Romantic Cosy Mystery
Release Date: October 13, 2018
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Join bestselling author Dahlia Donovan on a cosy mystery adventure in Grasmere Cottage Mystery book two. With love, wit, and a murder to solve, life for Valor and Bishan continues to be blinkin’ complicated in this sweet gay romance.
Killer on the loose? Check.
Frogs in the garden? Check.
Playing a twisted game with a killer? Not good.
Bishan Tamboli struggles to recover from his false arrest. He worries the police still aren’t as convinced about his innocence. With his longtime boyfriend, Valor, at his side, he intends to solve the puzzles and catch the murderer amongst their former schoolmates.
He’s fought hard for his independence as an autistic and refuses to throw it all away because of a nameless monster. With friends and family in the killer’s crosshairs, Bishan fears the mystery will bring the end of everything and everyone he loves.
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“Might need about three more cups of tea before any of this makes any sense to me.” Valor rested his head on Bishan’s shoulder briefly. “I am so glad you’re home.”
Everyone aside from Valor had been decidedly odd since Bishan’s release from jail. He didn’t like it. At all. Why couldn’t their lives return to business as usual?
Well, probably not business as usual exactly.
Nothing could be quite normal after finding themselves smack dab in the midst of a mystery of the Poirot and Father Brown variety. The police had yet to figure out who’d begun the murderous campaign against former Harrovians; Bishan was only glad they’d stopped pursuing him for it.
He’d been freed from jail two days ago.
And sometimes it still felt as though he were there.
“It’s not an anagram,” Bishan insisted pedantically. And it wasn’t. The creepy murder messages left via bolded letters in old Harrow play programs might be puzzles, but they weren’t anagrams. “They’re not already formed into words that you have to unscramble.”
Valor had spread out the multiple not-anagrams across their kitchen table along with the two that had potentially been deciphered already. “So what are they?”
“Right.” Valor grabbed his cup for more tea. “Do you think they got the first two correct?”
Bishan glanced at the two supposedly decoded messages with a critical eye. They both seemed plausible in the context of the victims and assuming the perpetrator was indeed a former schoolmate of theirs. He found the “Shh” or “Sh” at the beginning to be odd.
Shh. Not so cleverly done. Time’s almost up. When the clock strikes one, whose name shall be crossed out?
Sh. The play has just begun. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Lord Byron is struck down. How many more to go?
“I’m not the killer. I don’t know.” Bishan picked up one of the programs yet to be deciphered. He wrote down each bolded letter at the top of a plain sheet of paper. “They seem threatening enough to be accurate.”
Valor plucked Staccato off the table and set the cat on his shoulder. “I know you’re not the killer, Bish.”
“I know you know.” Bishan couldn’t keep the slight sharpness out of his voice. He’d never doubted Valor’s belief in him.
Valor stretched a hand out to rest on Bishan’s shoulder. “I was agreeing.”
“Oh.” He deflated slightly. Non-autistics tended to agree by repeating what had been said, something he always found a bit confusing. “Of course.”
The Grasmere Cottage
Dead in the Garden (bk 1)
Dead in the Shop (bk 3)
Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.
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