Reading A Portia Adams Adventure, whether it be Jewel of the Thames or Thrice Burned, is like revisiting the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Just as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle often chose to recount several of Sherlock Holmes’ cases in a single tome, Angela Misri follows suit, extending the authentic and complementary nature of the series to those of the famous detective. Thrice Burned is like having new Sherlock Holmes mysteries to read, only now starring an inquisitive and astute young woman (without the Asperger’s Syndrome tendencies) and in a London of the 1930s. And it works so, so well. Elementary, wouldn’t you say?
When I joined Wattpad a few months ago I was using it as a reader, enjoying the fan fiction and original writings posted by thousands of people.
I finally decided to contribute to the Wattpad bookshelf, and have put out the first chapter of a story told from the voice of Constable Dawes. It’s kind of Jewel of the Thames as told from his point of view (the original as you know is told from Portia’s POV).
Just wrote this little aside that I liked and wanted to share. It’s from book two in the series, in rewrites as I type, and occurs almost entirely in Portia’s head. Let me know what you think?
The next morning was a Saturday, and found me on the floor of my living room with several maps of London spread in front of me. I was circling and marking areas that I still needed to explore, some in the poorer areas of the city that my grandmother had grown up in.
A knock at the door caused me to pause in my work, but not taking my eyes from the papers, I called from the floor, “Who is it?”
“It’s me, Miss. Adams,” returned the voice of Brian Dawes.
I frowned. We had not really spoken since that awkward moment at Jenkin’s and he had since began a relationship with Annie Coleson. For almost two decades in Toronto, I had been a very solitary child and then teenager, used to being on the periphery of my schoolmates lives. I observed their relationships from the outside, in an almost clinical way, watching the young women of my class grow from bratty children who made fun of me to refined ladies who disdained me. Brian Dawes was one of the first true friends I had ever had, and now, now he was spending his time with a young woman who reminded me of those downtown ladies, who had looked at me aslant under long eyelashes with whispered condescension.
Maybe that wasn’t fair. Annie had never ignored me, she in fact had extended the hand of partnership if not friendship towards me. Brian knocked again. She had extended that hand to both of us, and one of us had taken her up on it.
PS: This is one of those scenes where initially I had written: “Portia feels left out” and decided that was another example of me ‘telling’ not ‘showing’ and fixed it.
Today’s an exciting day for me, because not only does this post mark my very first participation in a Blog Tour, it’s also a blog tour for one of my friends and for a book that I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. The book is Jewel of the Thames (A Portia Adams Adventure) and the author is Angela Misri, and I’m delighted to feature her on my blog. We got together for a little interview to discuss her fascinating heroine and the process of bringing 1930s London to life in this new series. So grab yourself a cup of tea and maybe even a pipe, and let’s have it! Enjoy!
L: Okay, before we get to the book, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself. Who is Angela Misri?
A: Let’s see, she’s a journalist, comic-book nerd, gamer, and mom. She thinks it’s…
Some of you may be acquainted with Angela, or have heard me gush over her awesome feedback to my novel Snake. But did you know that Angela’s first novel, Jewel of the Thames, has just been released (I’ve already got it on my Kindle)? When I heard about it, I was so excited for her, and I got the chance to interview her before JotT came out.
Angela was born in London, England, but currently she lives in Toronto, Canada with her family. She has been writing for a number of years, most notably for CBC Radio as a journalist. She also does freelance and digital projects on the side, but currently she’s been devoting her time to the Portia Adams books she’s been writing (last I checked she’s got around eight or nine casebooks in the series). She is a fan of mysteries, Doctor Who, and most stuff Sherlock…
For those of you who already pre-ordered Jewel of the Thames, you got an email update about this, but for everyone else… here is the gorgeous book cover for the first book in the series, designed by Emma Dolan!