All twenty-seven year old Frankie wants is to visit Lilly, an old woman in a nursing home. So, why won’t anybody let him? When Lilly’s grandson kicks up a fuss, Detective Inspector Jake Talbot steps in to make simple enquiries. It’s Christmas, a bad time for Talbot, and this easy case is supposed to be a distraction from dwelling on the past.
Frankie’s socially challenged, perhaps mildly autistic, but Talbot warms to him, soon discovering that he’s a very bright young man. The odd thing is that Frankie keeps talking about how he fell in love with Lilly when she was young and beautiful, but Talbot dismisses the notion of time travel: until he finds that the Ministry of Defence have an interest in the entire investigation. They’ve been monitoring Frankie since his childhood friend disappeared ten years previously.
Blocked at every move, Talbot uncovers dark secrets, family betrayals, and ruthless people bent on ruining him to hide the facts.
Determined to uncover the truth, Talbot creates an uneasy alliance with Frankie, for only the truth will decide whether Frankie finally gets to visit Lilly.
Visiting Lilly is Book 1 in the Jake Talbot Investigates mystery series.
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I’m an English author, born in London and brought up under the sound of Jumbo jets near Heathrow. I now live on the Surrey/Hampshire border on the edge of Jane Austen country where I spend any free time indulging in my passion for photography. I enjoy photographing wildlife and the local landscape, and share my images on social media so that readers can get a feel for the locations around Farnham that I use in my novels.
I’ve had numerous non-fiction articles published, and won awards for short fiction and poetry, including a first prize awarded in a competition judged by noted mystery writer P D James. She was a total inspiration and personally encouraged me never to give up with my dream of becoming a published writer.
To date I’ve written many, many books, some published and some tucked away in secret files never to be seen again. My published work includes the Jake Talbot Investigates mystery series, which began with Visiting Lilly (2014) and continues with Saving Anna (2015). I’m currently working on the third book, Finding Louisa, due out in 2016. I’m also the author of two non-fiction books on how to read tarot, The System of Symbols: a New Way to Look at Tarot, which is now also published in Italian by Spazio Interiore; and Sex & Tarot.