Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Penny Plain Mysteries!

Hugely excited to get The People's Friend this morning (Nov 27th 2010 edition) and to find the first part of MY SERIAL on the opening two pages.

Doesn't it look fabulous? The idea came way, way back when I was clearing out my mother's house and found a strange jigsaw puzzle rolled up in her games box. I blogged about it here. The answer to my mystery was sadly prosaic, but what a great story it could have been, I thought, and the idea made itself at home in my head. While I wrote a two-part gentle mystery, I fell in love with my characters so started a second adventure. I sent The Jigsaw Puzzle out into the world, it came back, I sent it out again. People's Friend loved it but wanted a longer serial so I finished the next two-part mystery and tied all four together with an over-arching story.

And even though I say so myself, it's jolly good. Go on, go and buy the magazine today.


Elizabeth Chadwick said...

Oh, I remember that jigsaw story, Jan. How brilliant that you've got several stories out of it and published in a national magazine - mega congrats!

Anonymous said...

Hopping over to see if can subscribe online, want to read.
Congrats, Jan, that's so exciting - you are amazing (so many irons in the fire)!!

Anonymous said...

That was me (jfishler08 - Jen) who just commented. ;)

Jan Jones said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! Nothing's ever wasted, eh?

Hi Jen - not sure you can read it online. Shall I buy copies and send when I've got all four?

Cat Marsters/Kate Johnson said...

Ooh, I remember that story! Sounds like a wonderful serial--wow, I can't remember the last time I bought People's Friend!

Talli Roland said...

Fantastic, Jan! The lay-out looks very appealing. I must go pick up a copy!

liz fenwick said...

Will definitely try and track down a copy!

Catt said...

As you told me to, I bought The People's Friend yesterday. (It sounds like I was ordered - wasn't like that folks).
I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the first part ofyour serial, and I look forward to more.

Karen said...

It's fascintating how stories come together, and yours sound great :o)

I'm especially fond of People's Friend at the moment as I've just sold a story to them for the first time, so I'll definitely be buying a copy!

Jan Jones said...

Thanks, people. It was really odd reading it in the magazine. I'm trying to remember what comes next now!

Liz - I'll buy them and keep them for you until you're in London again if you like?

Catt - so glad you enjoyed after I, er, suggested strongly that you buy it.

Karen - well done! Once in you are a Friend for life, you know.

Debs said...

It does look wonderful. I remember that Jigsaw post and will have to now go and buy a copy of this to read.