Die Every Day by Gordon Bickerstaff
I am thrilled that Gordon Bickerstaff has agreed to visit my blog during the blog tour by Love Book Group Tour for his new novel Die Every Day part of his Lambeth Group series.
A woman is murdered in a Glasgow city hotel room. Police have everything they need to charge a suspect. Caught at the scene, he confessed, and he’s filled with guilt and remorse. With undeniable evidence; the police expect him to plead guilty.
Rumours suggest the man will plead not guilty and tell his story. If he faces trial, the truth will cause international outrage and the government will fall.
Faceless mandarins in corridors of power are determined he will remain silent.
Lambeth Group agent, Zoe Tampsin, is ordered to make him plead guilty. What she discovers will crush her soul and place her next in line to be murdered.
Who is pulling the strings? What secrets are they hiding?
Hoping for better news, Toni asked, ‘Did the private dinner and birthday cake go well?’
‘Oh God! You won’t believe what she did.’
Toni hesitated to ask. ‘Did she throw it in your face?’
‘The hotel left a lovely trolley in the room with dinner and the cake. When we’d finished our meal, she cut the cake down the middle and took one half to the bathroom, broke it into bits and flushed it down the toilet.’
Toni cupped her jaw to stop laughing out loud. ‘Jesus. What did you say?’
Zoe’s voice sounded brittle. ‘Frankly, I was stunned. I’m not sure what I said. She pointed to the cake and said, we can only have this half because the other half of the time you weren’t there.’
Toni punched the air. Good for Amy, she thought. ‘Oh! She has grown up.’
Zoe lowered her voice. ‘She hadn’t finished.’
In an annoyed voice, Zoe explained, ‘After dinner, we sat on the balcony. Under the stars for her benefit. I poured a glass of wine for her. After a long sip, she went to her suitcase and fetched her special journal.’
‘She has a record of all the times I missed a birthday, didn’t attend a school event, promised to meet her somewhere but didn’t arrive until hours after it finished. Every damning episode, logged.’ Emotion sapped Zoe’s voice. ‘I couldn’t stop her pointing out each time I failed her as a mother.’
Toni returned with a supportive tone. ‘You have to admit. She is her mother’s daughter.’
Zoe’s exasperation deepened. ‘Worse. Every event is rated one to five stars. One star, I annoyed her. Five stars, she hated me.’
Just as well they were not in the same room. Toni clamped her eyes shut and folded her lips to hold back a giggle.
Silence for a minute.
Toni composed herself. ‘You’re not a bad mother. You happen to have an important job that requires total commitment.’
‘That doesn’t cut it with Amy,’ she replied sharply.
I was born and raised in Glasgow but spent my student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, I learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and I cut the grass in the Meadows. If I ran the lawnmower over your toes – sorry.
I learned some biochemistry and taught it for a while before I retired to write fiction. I like DIY and I do some aspects of DIY moderately well and other aspects not so well. I live with my wife in Scotland where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exists mostly in my mind.
I write the Lambeth Group series of standalone crime/conspiracy thrillers:
Deadly Secrets, Everything To Lose, The Black Fox, Toxic Minds, Tabula Rasa and Tears of Fire.
They feature special investigators Zoe and Gavin. More will come in due course.