The Chess Player

Lucy Hall, a dancer at the Black Cat Theatre in 1930s London, gets herself into all kinds of adventures.

This time, it’s all about chess: on stage, a tableau of exotic chess pieces and, on the streets, the murder of a chess player’s wife as Lucy is drawn into bizarre and dangerous encounters.

The Chess Player is a delicious, sexy and thrilling novella, an evocation of a lost world, with mature themes and tantalizing scenes.

First in the Secrets of a Dancing Girl series.

Age Range: Adult
Size: 111mm x 178mm
Format: Paperback Original
Pages: 112
Word Count: 23,000
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908577-68-9
RRP: UK £5.99

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Alas, Bainbridge had little respect for sanctuary. He followed with every intention of doing me harm.

  • Extract: Interrogation

    Extract: Interrogation

    There I stood, hat in hand, undecided as how I was to proceed. Yes, I had run into that cell and closed the door behind me with no plan as to what I was going to do next. I sincerely hoped I would meet someone with a bit more fight in him, but this man was quite the opposite and, if I had been hesitant before, I was certain now that this man had not one angry bone in his body. He was quite innocent of the killing of his wife.
    “You didn’t do it, did you?” it just slipped out into the fetid air of the cell.
    “What?” he said, slowly looking up at me.
    “You didn’t kill your wife, did you?”

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