Having a book published is a very exciting time for an author. It’s great to see all those hours of work finally come together into something others can read. So I’m very excited to be able to say that at last The Locksmith’s Secret (the second in the Prunella Smith Series) has a publication date (8th of April).
AND you can pre-order it NOW and get USD$1 off.
Though it’s the second in a series, it can also be read first. If you’re a Prunella Smith fan, you’ll want to snap this up while it’s cheap and if you haven’t met Prunella yet, then this is a good place to start. It has the same elements that impressed all those reviewers of Worlds Within Worlds.
This book is more than just a steampunk murder mystery or a contemporary romantic mystery, it’s also a transrealist and metaphysical work of literary fiction. I sum it all up by calling it magical realism, and that’s what it is really because it blends fantasy and reality, and uses extended metaphors that become a world of their own. It could also be called Buddhist fiction because Ella happens to be a Buddhist.
What’s it about?
Ella’s locksmith boyfriend Jamie seems to be her perfect match—at least until a death in the family calls him back to England. While he’s gone, Ella discovers he’s hiding something so astounding that it completely changes her perception of him and his place in her world.
While Jamie struggles with family responsibilities, Ella’s steampunk murder mystery is developing a life of its own, raising disturbing memories of her time as a striptease artist and a past life as a sexually abused Italian nun. She also dreams of an ephemeral city, where she seeks to unravel the locksmith’s secret and find the key that opens a door to other realities.
All these, together with a lost brother, a desperate mother, a demanding cat, and a struggle to live up to Buddhist ideals, weave together in a rich tapestry that creates an extraordinary work of magical realism.