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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Grand Tour Mysteries
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:314
  • eBook ISBN:9780983942412

Murder in Merry Old

A Simon Grand Tour Mystery

by David Lawrence

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First in a series of murder mystery novels starring Simon Grand, famous travel authority who takes 12 affluent clients on a Grand Tour to elite destinations all over the world. The 13th guest is always Death. “Murder in Merry Old” is set in the lush New Forest in the southwest of England, surrounded by charming and lively villages and towns. It is a lovely and peaceful part of the world. Until Simon and his Grand Tourists invade. Then it's murder! You are cordially invited. Just pack something bulletproof! All profits from the sale of this eBook will go to, "Foundation fighting blindness."
MURDER IN MERRY OLD by David Lawrence is the first murder mystery novel in a series revolving around the central character, Simon Grand, who rules an empire of travel related businesses including books, magazine and newspaper columns, a videotaped series called "The Inside Guides" and regular guest appearances on television talk shows. For pleasure more than profit, Simon Grand guides periodic tours for the affluent to the world's most romantic places. Each Grand Tour lasts up to a dozen days and includes12 disparate guests who pay handsomely for a luxurious, pampered holiday planned and executed by the world's most successful travel authority. The 13th guest is always Death. The scene is invariably a dream destination with a nightmare on arrival. “Murder in Merry Old” is set in the lush, charming area of The New Forest in the southwest of contemporary England dotted with quaint and vibrant villages that seem caught in the peace and quiet of yesterday. Until Simon Grand and his ominous band of American tourists invade the Forest. Murder travels with them. A dozen colorful characters locked together, isolated -- strangers in a strange land -- who bring along more baggage than their Louis Vuitton and who follow their leader, urbane and elegant, charismatic and enigmatic Simon Grand through Heaven and Hell. You are cordially invited along. Just pack something bulletproof! WHAT THE REVIEWERS SAY: Very smart writing, high style mystery mixed with sex, fascinating characters and an unforgettable Simon Grand. Great beginning to a Grand new series. -- R. T. Jordan, Author the Polly Pepper Mystery Novels Like being part of a guided tour to a really special part of England – the new Forest. This is an inspired idea for a series -- combining travel with an edge-of-the-seat mystery story --Jackie Joseph, Travel Columnist The Tolucan Times, Los Angeles “Murder in Merry Old” is very merry and very murder-y. A Grand read. I highly recommend it. --Jo Anne Worley, TV and Broadway Star. Really sophisticated, exciting story; lots of twists and turns. Great characters with fab leading man. I especially liked the emphasis on high fashion combined with romance and mystery. -- Bob Mackie, world-famous Costume Designer. All profits from the sale of this eBook will go to, "Foundation fighting blindness."
About the author
David Lawrence has had a love affair with Europe since he produced his first Television Movie over a whirlwind 5-week schedule shooting in London, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. “Tourist”, based on the novel by Gerald Greene, a co-production of Lawrence’s Castle Combe Productions and 20th Century-Fox, starred Bonnie Bedelia, Bradford Dillman, Adrienne Barbeau and Marisa Berenson with a script by Norman Hudis and Lawrence. As a Writer/Producer, David Lawrence has been under contract to 20th Century-Fox, Procter & Gamble Productions, Tribune Entertainment, Taft Broadcasting, and Chuck Fries Entertainment. Lawrence’s credits as Writer/Producer include “Consenting Adult” starring Marlo Thomas and Martin Sheen, an ABC Television Movie based on Laura Z, Hobson’s bestseller. “The Fashion Awards”, ABC Musical Variety Special starring Diahann Carroll, Ken Berry, Juliet Prowse, and John Davidson costumed in the work of major fashion designers. “That’s Hollywood” – a 72 half-hour clip Series for ABC for three seasons focused on the best of the movies in specific genres, and hosted by Tom Bosley. “M*A*S*H”, a one-hour CBS Special retrospective in the last year of the series. “Ken Follett’s The Key To Rebecca” 4-hour Miniseries with Cliff Robertson, David Soul, Season Hubley, and David Hemmings, filmed in Tunisia. “Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues”, Television Movie based on the book by Joseph P. Lash with Blythe Danner, Mare Winningham and Perry King, filmed in England. “Voyage of Terror: Hijacking of the Achille Lauro” starring Burt Lancaster, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Culp and a multi-national supporting cast, 6-hour Miniseries filmed on the actual ship and in her ports along the Mediterranean from Italy to Egypt to Israel. “TV: The Fabulous 50’s”, retrospective NBC Special hosted by Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Dinah Shore, David Janssen, Mary Martin and Michael Landon. “Search For Tomorrow”, final year of the series for NBC. “Vendetta” starring Eric Roberts, Carol Alt and Eli Wallach, and the sequel “The Young Mafia”, each a 4-hour Miniseries filmed in Rome, New York and Montreal. Currently, David Lawrence has published his first novel, “Murder in Merry Old”, which not surprisingly features as its central character an urbane, elegant and very rich travel authority who occasionally takes a dozen well-heeled tourists on a very special trip to exotic locales. Projected as a series of contemporary mystery novels, each dream vacation becomes a nightmare when Death becomes the 13th tourist. More information is available on the website: Lawrence is a Past President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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