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A new CSI Eddie Collins story – The Note

There’s a rumour going round that a new CSI Eddie Collins story is about to break free.

I can confirm that rumour is true! It’s called The Note.

It’s not a full length novel, it only weighs in at a shade under 13k words, which is about 65 pages or so. But, like The Lift, it’s written in first person, so it’ll seem an even quicker read just because of that.

And it is fast – I’ve written it with no fat or padding, it races from one scene to the next, and I think you’ll enjoy the final scenes especially.

I really enjoy writing Eddie, as you know, and I really enjoy writing short stories from his point of view – it’s very refreshing. I’ve said in previous interviews that I don’t think I could sustain first person writing for an entire novel, and I still believe that to be true – it’s just too exhilarating, and too claustrophobic. But a short is perfect.

Again, as in The Lift, he has no extra baggage, there’s no Charles to worry about, no one from the office to bother us, it’s just us, him, and the story.

I’ve written the blurb, and I’ve prepared a cover image, and now all I have to do is re-read the story once more, maybe tweak it here and there, and then I’ll send it out to my advance readers for their opinions.

If all goes well, I hope to have it on the virtual and physical bookshelves around the 5th May.

I’ll edit this post when I can show you the cover (it’s still under wraps), but for now, please read the blurb, and I’d love to know your reaction to it.

The Note

I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI.

Ever had that feeling of being watched but when you turn around no one’s there?

I did.

It was raining, and I was working a murder scene around midnight when that prickle ran up my spine. If I’d listened to that feeling, if I’d thought back to my past, maybe I could have prevented the terror that was to come.

Back at the office, I found a death threat on my desk.

I had no idea who sent it, or why they wanted to kill me.

But I was about to find out.

Quick, Eddie’s here!

Eddie Collins:        So you’ve finally done it then?

Andy Barrett:       Done what?

EC:                              Written about my experiences in that lift.

AB:                             You wrote it, I just copied it. Anyway, if you didn’t                                            want the world to know about it, you should have                                            kept it to yourself. You know the score.

EC:                              I do now, you scumbag.

AB:                             Oooh, take me to the burns unit.

EC:                              So when are you releasing it?

AB:                             Early February.

EC:                              Suppose you’ll be making a bleeding fortune from                                           it. At my expense!

AB:                             Keep your wig on, Collins, it’s free!

EC:                              What!

AB:                             It’s a short story; I can’t charge people for a short                                            story.

EC:                              Putz. Next time, I’m keeping it zipped.

AB:                             Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen.


Eloquent, isn’t he?

As Eddie says, I’ve finally done it. The Lift is alive and kicking and coming soon to a floor near you. All you’ll have to do is press ‘buy’ on your nearest Amazon site, and as if by magic it’ll appear on your Kindle or your chosen reading apparatus. But don’t worry, even though ‘buy’ suggests you might have to part with some cash, I guarantee not one penny will disappear from your account. For the time being at least.