Grace and Favour is almost there. Within a couple of days it should be available in all formats.
A grace and favour home is a residential property owned by a monarch by virtue of his or her position as head of state and leased rent-free to persons as part of an employment package or in gratitude for past services rendered.
So that is the origin of the title and has relevance to some of the characters in the story. Already then the reader has an idea that there is reference to 'posh' folk. Then you have the fact that Steele is involved and, if you have read any of the earlier novels featuring this character you will know that there must be some injustice that needs putting right. Perhaps!!
All of that information and you haven't even opened the book as yet. Mysteries and thrillers give clues and that is one of the reasons for reading them. I make my own feeble efforts to achieve a level of suspense and this book is no exception.
I said earlier that the book should be available soon which is true but depends upon me completing the finishing touches.
Steele has had to accept changes in life style and yet he is required once again to tackle a situation of injustice, but has concerns that he is being commissioned to act by the authorities.
Patrick is working alone trying to recover a youngster kidnapped from parents with a high profile role in the UK establishment. He is without the support of former allies, the Gurentai, and yet feels that the police and National Crime Agency, who have requested his involvement, have another agenda that is not necessarily in the interest of Steele.
The action is shared mostly between the UK and Canada. In the early stages of the case Patrick is chasing kidnappers across the continent of North America when disaster occurs and he is forced to return to the UK. While in Canmore, Alberta, Steele seeks solace from the apparent loss of his long-time partner and fiancée Naomi Kobayashi, in the arms of a local girl.
However, Steele becomes aware that he himself seems to be being kept in the dark regarding the whole truth of the case and returns home. Eventually Patrick’s home situation is threatened and it becomes necessary for him to take steps to protect himself and his team. All the while Steele has the feeling that he is not under control and in fact is being played like a pawn. In the end he takes steps to protect his and his team’s safety.
Has Steele bitten off more than he can chew? Where is his love life going? Are former allies, the Gurentai, targeting Steele? Will he recover the kidnapped child or will he fail and become subject of retribution by the authorities?
So progress is being made although I'm having to wait for the revised manuscript to be uploaded to completelynovel.com and then it is simply a case of telling everyone that the book is launched.
Watch this space!