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Tuesday, January 11, 1955
It’s a cold January morning. As Nick and Carter sip their hot coffee in an attempt to stay warm, passers-by are stopping to gawk at San Francisco’s newest skyscraper at 600 Market Street. The grand opening goes off without a hitch (and without the Mayor or anyone else of note, for that matter).
Meanwhile, back on Bush Street, Nick has a new client. Her name is Mrs. Anne-Marie Boudier. She’s charming. She’s chic. She was at Marnie’s wedding on the groom’s side. And she wants Nick to find her long lost husband.
So she can kill him.
And so begins a twisting and turning escapade of old secrets and new betrayals that will eventually take Nick and Carter across the Atlantic Ocean as they finally discover who the real traitor is.
Book 9 in the Nick Williams Mysteries
Wednesday, August 11, 1954
Nick and Carter are sailing across the sea to Honolulu on an impromptu holiday.
For the sake of propriety and decorum, the ship’s captain pairs them off with a “lady couple” who turn out to be much more than they appear at first glance.
When one of them shows up dead in Nick and Carter’s cabin, the hunt is on to find the other one before it’s too late…
Tuesday, December 15, 1953: Ivan Kopek is missing and his parents desperately want Nick’s help. Ike, as he’s known to his friends, is quickly found once Nick, Carter, and their pals are on the case. Unfortunately, Ike’s in jail for a murder he didn’t commit. And it was only because he didn’t get the chance to do it himself.
Meanwhile, it’s almost Christmas. Nick’s least favorite time of the year. But, Carter wants a Christmas tree and Dr. Parnell Williams, Nick’s evil bastard of a father, has summoned them both to the mansion on Sacramento Street for Christmas day at 12 noon. And they’re not to be late.
In the end, Christmas brings Nick & Carter a number of unexpected and life-changing packages, both big and small.
Please pardon the temporary interruption. Thanks, again, for your patience and your support!
In The Sartorial Senator, Nick and Carter just want to go home to San Francisco after their adventures in Mexico. But, before they can sail into the Golden Gate, Nick receives a subpoena from America’s most infamous witch hunter in Washington, D.C.
Meanwhile, an old schoolmate from Carter’s childhood shows up out of nowhere and revives painful memories. Once they get to the nation’s capitol, they are plunged into helping yet another flirtatious police detective solve a curious murder that leads to some very dark places.
In the end, Nick and Carter set a trap to catch the killer and get much more than they bargained for.
I made a mistake.
I sent The Sartorial Senator to press with errors.
So, I want to make sure you get the best book I can give you.
I’ve unpublished the title and am making the revisions even as you read this.
If you haven’t bought a copy, then good! I’ll post a note in the next day or so once it’s ready.
If you have bought a copy, then thank you! And I want to make sure get the best book I can give you, so before I publish this updated version, you can turn on Whyspersinc on your Kindle device or app and your copy will be updated by Amazon once the new version is available.
Don’t know if you have Whyspersinc on?
Click here. This page is where you manage your devices on Amazon.
Once you get there, follow these steps:
That should do it.
One last important thing:
If you already purchased a copy, please forward the receipt to me at info (at) frankwbutterfield.com and I will send you a nice little thank you for doing so: the print copy of this book once it’s ready. It really is the least I can do.
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Many, many thanks for your patience and your support.
And… this kind of contrast can only mean one thing: BESTSELLER!
New review for The Amorous Attorney!
If you completely enjoyed The Unexpected Heiress, as I did, and read it in one or two days, as I did, then you’ll really enjoy The Amorous Attorney. Maybe it was just my schedule, but I was able to take my time a bit and savor all of the twists and turns. Just as with the previous, there is plenty of unexpected surprises, but this time, we get to explore them more. Never once did I say, “I saw that coming,” and never once was I disappointed. Giggles and chills will be had, as well as a Cheshire cat grin. It’s hard to not love the guys and gals in this book. I highly recommend it!
I decided to start reading the original Perry Mason novels from the beginning, so I just grabbed a copy of the very first one: The Case of the Velvet Claws, first published in 1933. I’m looking forward to the rough and tumble Perry Mason from the early years of Erle Stanley Gardner’s famous series.
In some ways, Nick Williams is similar to Perry Mason. Or, at least the early Perry Mason. For one thing, they are both operating in a grey area of the law. They often seem to be at the wrong place at the right time. I love that kind of story.
As I wrote in the Acknowledgements of The Unexpected Heiress, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing an all-gay satire novel, similar to Mabel Maney’s take on early YA mainstays: Cherry Ames, Nancy Drew, and The Hardy Boys. For starters, Perry and Paul Drake would be on-again, off-again lovers. Della Street would be right in the middle of a torrid affair with some Hollywood starlet.
I’ve even thought that the first story could be about what happens when Veda Pierce is released from prison after serving seven years in a women’s penitentiary for the murder of her step-father, Monty. A worried and frightened Mildred Pierce (with Bert — they’ve reconciled — and she’s now the C.E.O. of Mildred’s Famous Pies, Inc.) would be in Perry’s office to find out what they could do to protect Veda from her own worst enemy: herself.
That sort of thing.
Who knows? Maybe I will at that…
The third book in the Nick Williams Mysteries series is underway!
The tentative title is The Sartorial Senator