I just emailed A Colonial Murder, the second Chief Superintendent Caelin Morrow investigation to my editor. Provided she finds no major issues, I think a release date at the end of August is in the cards. In the meantime, I’ll be working on Deadly Intent (Ghost Squadron #2) whose first three chapters are already written.
The dust jacket for the hardcover is already done, as you can see below:
I finished writing A Colonial Murder (Constabulary Casefiles #2) earlier today, and like the previous Caelin Morrow adventure, nothing is as it seems. But she has friends in strange places these days, so things don’t turn out the way the bad guys planned. Intrigue, corruption, murder, and an old threat await her on distant Mission Colony where shadowy commercial interests are spinning a web of lies and deceit. Will Morrow solve the riddle of who is honest and who is on the side of darkness before she’s off the case? Stand by. It’ll take me at least until the end of July before it’s ready for my editor. This one is an interstellar anti-corruption case for the ages, with hints of military action. If you liked The Warrior’s Knife, you’ll love A Colonial Murder.
There’s nothing quite like a sunny summer Sunday to lift one’s spirits. Cold, gray winter is about as far away in the past and future as it will ever be during the course of a year. Since both our spring and summer trips to dive coral reefs have been cancelled, this is about as close as we’ll get to our favorite climate. The odd BBQ meal prepared with spices from the islands also helps. But the money we’re not spending traveling will be spent carrying out a lot of maintenance on our almost fifty year old house, so there’s practical good coming out of the suspension of international travel. Still…
In other good news, I’m two-thirds done writing the second Chief Superintendent Morrow investigation, A Colonial Murder. As things progress in my twenty-sixth century interstellar Commonwealth racing headlong to ruin and the birth of empire, Morrow’s current story line is intersecting with that of Ghost Squadron, something which will likely happen more often than not. It’s one of the reasons why I rebranded the Morrow series as Constabulary Casefiles, since I’m writing about more than just internal affairs investigations at this point. The rebranding also allows me to explore the broader Constabulary role in the collapse of the Commonwealth. I’ve told my editor she can expect A Colonial Murder sometime in early August, which could mean an early September publication date. Then, it’s on with Deadly Intent (Ghost Squadron #2) which takes place, chronologically speaking, immediately after A Colonial Murder. I’m hoping to get that one out by December.