Curl Up Hairdressers in Ross on Wye have held another successful annual Salon Party for their clients and staff. However, after a vibrant evening heaving with invited guests Maggie and Jennifer have more than just empty glasses and plates to clear up – there is a woman’s body slumped in a corner chair and she is not just sleeping off the night’s revelry. Chief Inspector Worcester and his team are called in to investigate the murder of Caroline, eldest daughter of the Duke of Hereford. She was not invited to the party. What was she doing there and who killed her? The case is sensitive with connections to be tracked across the country so Inspector Kirby is called back from his long deserved holiday in the Caribbean to help tackle the large number of potential witnesses. Lauren Canning, Chief Inspector Worcester’s insider in the hairdressing society of Ross, is on hand to help and may just have some vital information given her insights into the high flying society of the rich and famous in the county.
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About the Author
Mike is an Irish novelist and poet, married and living in Herefordshire England. He was born in Dublin and spent his school years in Cork. In primary school Mike needed to get by the eagle-eyed headmaster who looked hard at his long essays designed to hide the words he could not spell. This carried on further up the line when at UCD the Professor of English likened Mike to another who could not spell, George Bernard Shaw. But Mike made the connection, he did not have to be a genius at spelling. He moved to London in his twenties and has worked in a wide range of industries – music and cosmetics, in oil exploration, mining, insurance, catering, City Finance and Management Consultancy. Mike uses that experience in his novels. When he first arrived in London Mike fell in with a group of three other Irishmen debating the philosophical process of making a million or finding a job that was more like pleasure. Mike found the job, but it would take too long to explain his philosophy here. Mike says that in a sense he had a plan for life and so far it has been working out. His novels often start with an individual battling the system but without a plan of how he or she will cope. Mike believes that social systems and institutions are usually rigid when it comes to change or quick decisions and therefore the individual can become trapped. It takes effort, some courage and guile to walk out into the wider world of individual thinking. He shows that an individual can focus enough to even the odds and come out on top. He often uses humour and comedic situations to make his point leaving the reader to consider the underlying philosophy if they wish. A key element of Mike’s writing is the Irish skill of fast paced conversation as Mike’s overall aim is to entertain his readers.