And This Shall Be for Music
(Book 3 of The Cameron Saga)
And This Shall Be for Music takes the saga of the Cameron family into the next generation with Andrew’s daughter, Lindsey, an aspiring opera singer. At first, I considered it a sequel, but it became apparent that each of the three books followed the journey of its protagonist—mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical.
Memories of Jake followed Andrew’s journey, and Man with No Yesterdays detailed the long odyssey of her Uncle Jake. Both Andrew and Jake had served in a war which had a strong impact on their lives, Jake’s in particular.
Lindsey’s story begins with a traumatic event during the final weeks of her college undergraduate days. A freakish accident results in her putting her dreams on hold for a time, in order to help a friend begin his long healing process. What Lindsey experiences opens her heart and mind to other possibilities in a life lived for music.
A review from an “expressive arts” therapist referred to the story as “a truly compelling journey of self-discovery.”
The Case of the Bogus Beatle
(Book 8, The Augusta McKee Mysteries)
The idea for the most recent of the Augusta McKee Mysteries came from an actual event, a Beatles’ Concert at Crosley Field, Cincinnati, in late August, 1967. (The McKee mysteries fall a few months apart -- Augusta and Malcolm NEVER get bored -- and book #7, The Case of the ‘Carousel’ Killer, happened in the spring of 1967.)
A newspaper article about the concert indicated it was a near-disaster: the Fab Four were to perform at 8:30 p.m., and at just about that time the heavens opened and the fans were soaked. Finally, two hours later, the rains stopped and… oh, the stage didn’t have any electrical hook-ups for the musicians? “I thought they played guitars,” was the reasoning. Too late to add electricity to a sopping wet stage, so the disgruntled fans began to tear up tickets. But wait…they were invited to return the next day at noon, and the Beatles would perform prior to leaving for St. Louis, where they were to perform the next night.
So the scene is set for what begins as a comedy of errors: bumbling gangsters, a George Harrison wannabe—a voice student of Augusta’s—who resembles the lead guitarist enough for the goons to kidnap him. And how much fun to include a car chase from downtown Cincinnati through Mt. Adams and Eden Park. The Case of the Bogus Beatle was off and running!