Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s competition. Rest assured it was the first of many. Lots of you got the correct answers, but first past the post was Karen. Her proof went out this morning (2nd class – I’m not billionaire). For those who are interested the names of the six Poe and Tilly short stories are:
The Killing Field (from Cut Short): Poe and Tilly are having breakfast, wondering how to spend the rest of their holiday, when their presence is requested at a Cumbrian airfield. An airfield that, during the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, was known as the killing field . . .
Why Don’t Sheep Shrink? (from Cut Short): A global pandemic forces Poe and Tilly to self-isolate together. Things don’t go well. They’re bickering and on the verge of falling out until Poe finds an old case file: a locked room mystery he’s been mulling over for years. Step forward, Tilly Bradshaw . . .
Dead Man’s Fingers (from Cut Short): Poe, Tilly and Edgar, Poe’s English springer spaniel, are enjoying a picnic at a nature reserve. When Edgar chases a rabbit, and Poe and Tilly chase after him, they stumble upon a twenty-year-old mystery, a mystery that couldn’t be solved until now . . .
A Permanent Solution (from the anthology First Edition: Celebrating 21 Years of Goldsboro Books): Poe and Tilly are in Wales on a HR course when they are asked to assist the local police with a baffling locked room mystery.
Once in a Red Moon (from the Tesco special edition of The Curator): Tilly has dragged Poe to a murder mystery evening (it was either that or a brewery tour, but typically Poe wasn’t listening). After solving the mystery in record time, Poe wanders off to find some pudding and ends up getting involved in the real-life mystery of a stolen diamond and a possible miscarriage of justice.
Mondo Bizzarro (from the Waterstones special edition hardback of Dead Ground, out June 3rd, and my small tribute to Agatha Christie): The reclusive Aldridge Fowler is Tilly’s favourite author and he’s doing a talk at a bookshop in Durham. Because DI Flynn is busy playing Candy Crush, Poe is guilted into going along. But when they get to the bookshop the doors are locked, the staff are all looking worried and the police are on their way … ‘Mondo Bizzarro’, at 9,000 words, is really a short novella, but it’s called a short story on all the official merch, so I’m going with it.