Teaser for work in progress – RZC

“The war had been going badly for the Allies. The great offensive on the Somme had been a disaster.

The casualty rates were horrific for both sides, one advancing into a hail of machine gun bullets, the other crushed under the weight of artillery.

The Battle of Arras was meant to be a turning point in the war. There were stories, rumours even, of strange events. Stories that circulated among us Tommies, of a phantom battalion that battered through a hail of machine-gun fire, falling upon the Germans within unheard of rage. They called them Tigers.”

Oliver Gill. Captain in the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Interviewed post-war for an unpublished research paper on the Battle of Arras, 1917.

I’ve been working on a new story for the last few months. In fact, this work in progress comes from an idea I was playing with a year ago, partly inspired by a series of interviews with World War One veterans published by the BBC History Magazine. The teaser above, from this new book, is actually the opening section, a fictional aural history interview.

I’m just working through the first draft of the first story.  Provisionally the series has been titled RZC – wonder if anyone will work out what the initials stand for without any extra clues?  The story is clearly set during World War One, introducing a new group of characters and a secret weapon known as Tigers.  There are a variety of inspirations for this story, but I’ll keep them to myself for now or the teaser will give away too much.

Available now! The Butcher’s Funeral

Now available on Amazon, the full story of The Butcher’s Funeral, available from Amazon, is released for the first time as a single volume compiling all the different episodes of the series The Butcher’s Funeral.

The butcher is dead and his wife is the chief suspect. Yet Col Butcher had many enemies, who killed him and why?

Follow Law and Judd as they try to resolve the death of the butcher in Medieval England, there intent to deliver justice to the killer. Could the murderer be the Carniter, who had been pursuing the butcher for his corrupt business practices. Or maybe the Barber Surgeon, a traveller to the city? Could it really be true that the butcher’s wife was the killer?  Who is the murderer?  Find out among a backdrop of medieval crime and punishment, a world of food adulteration, sharp business practices and the traditional medical practices of the period.

Previously published as a series of short stories during 2014 and 2015, The Butcher’s Funeral is available now as a complete and single volume for the first time.  This volume contains all the individual parts, each also available on Amazon.  Originally written as it was published, the book is the first extended piece of work published by C. M. Harald.