The Squatter in the Lavender Shop

Continues on from The Body in the Lavender Field and The Case of the Severed Arm. “Hmm, nothing out of the ordinary here.” Janet said to Jo as they observed Lower Strangling’s Lavender field. “Good, I don’t want a repeat of last year,” Jo said. Lower Strangling’s lavender shop, Lower Strangling Lavender, had been closedContinue reading “The Squatter in the Lavender Shop”

A Critic Calls

It was a sunny June morning, and the Hangman’s Noose was almost as it was just over a year ago before the pandemic hit. John Granger quietly cleaned glasses and served customers beer whilst his patrons calmly had their lunch at various tables. All was blissful. But then, a short bald man with glasses inContinue reading “A Critic Calls”

Back In the Noose

When John Granger finally returned to his natural habitat; behind the bar of the Hangman’s Noose, Lower Strangling’s signature pub, he was a lot more worried than he thought he’d be. The thought of the new pervasive variant of COVID found in India that was rapidly spreading through England was at the front of hisContinue reading “Back In the Noose”

Chaos at the Lower Strangling Village Hustings

It was a rainy Tuesday evening, and the residents of Lower Strangling gathered in the Village Hall for what was without a doubt the worst evening of the year; the Lower Strangling Hustings. Every election, no matter how big or small, Lower Strangling invited the candidate from each major party to address potential voters. ButContinue reading “Chaos at the Lower Strangling Village Hustings”

The Vegan Pagan’s Birthday BBQ

“Now then. That one’s for meat, the other is for vegan food.” John said to his vegan daughter, Adele, whilst showing her the two barbecues in front of them. “Do you have to have two barbecues?” Adele asked her omnivorous father, “I’m sure no one would mind eating vegan food for one meal. It’s notContinue reading “The Vegan Pagan’s Birthday BBQ”

The Lawyer and the Stockbroker

The sun shone brightly over the picturesque village of Shere in the Surrey Hills, and Dave, Sarah, Will, and Eleanor Peterson along with Sarah’s parents Terome and Esmeralda Lancaster entered the William Bray in order to meet Terome’s old University friend George Blyth. George was stockbroker, and prided himself in helping other people earn moneyContinue reading “The Lawyer and the Stockbroker”

The Al Fresco Fiasco

“Well, it’s all good to go,” John said as he observed the tables and chairs laid out in the Hangman’s Noose’s beer garden, ready for when the first visitors arrive. “Are you sure about Philip over there?” Simon asked John whilst looking at the large portrait of the recently deceased Duke of Edinburgh displayed onContinue reading “The Al Fresco Fiasco”

Shrove Tuesday at the Peterson’s

It was Shrove Tuesday, and England and Wales were on the verge of war. It began with the discovery that the bluestones at Stonehenge had originally come from a older stone circle in Wales. The First Minster of Wales said in a speech that the discovery showed yet another example of the English taking thingsContinue reading “Shrove Tuesday at the Peterson’s”

Paul Stiller and the Hangover from Hell

“Paul?” “Paul?!” “PAUL!” The first thing Paul noticed was the sensation of someone slapping him around the face. He then heard the sound of a man shouting at him as he slowly opened his eyes. It took a while for Paul’s eyes to focus on the room when he first sat up, but as soonContinue reading “Paul Stiller and the Hangover from Hell”

Paul Stiller and the 300-Year-Old Madeira Terrantez

It was 23:35 on New Year’s Eve, and Paul Stiller, Lower Strangling’s wine merchant, stood at the foot of his extensive wine cellar, wondering what to drink. Usually, the villagers congregated at the Vicarage for a New Year’s Eve Bash organised by Simon, but due to the ongoing pandemic they had to ring in theContinue reading “Paul Stiller and the 300-Year-Old Madeira Terrantez”