Jan 8, 2019
My third story, a novel, a fantasy possibly and a mystery for certain, all in 134 pages.
The actual medal is pictured on the cover of the book. Two of the three quotes on page iii, the one from John Bunyan and the one from Willa Cather, are particularly apropos. Although, the one from A. A. Milne is not far behind. It is a novel first, possibly a fantasy second, and a mystery for sure. John Updike said that a mystery should end in a way no one anticipates, but the reader upon getting to that point MUST feel that the story could not end any other way.
My favorite author, Ernest Hemingway, once said that if he knew the end of a story the reader would too. So hide it.
The first key scene is on page 4 in the jewelry shop in Rome. The next key scene takes place on pages 4 to 8, including a wakeup call in Milan.
I will leave it at that. Hopefully, you are intrigued enough to read for yourself.
It is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2BNpxXf or search by the title: The Medal and Two Ladies named Mary.
Let me know what you think.
Tom Cagley Sr