Cold Comfort the Third Novel in the Ben Malone Mystery Series

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Release Date Set for Third Ben Malone Mystery Novel

We’re hurtling towards the April 2017 release date for Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair, the second book in the Ben Malone Mysteries Series. But work is already well underway on the next project, Cold Comfort, the third book in the series. The book cover has been finalized and the first draft is progressing well, well enough in fact that I’m comfortable with committing to a firm release date.

“But wilt thou make a fire, or shall I complain on thee to our mistress, whose hand, she being now at hand, thou shalt soon feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow in thy hot office?”

The Taming of the Shrew

As those of you who follow this blog know, all the titles in this series come from lines in the plays of William Shakespeare.  The titles for the first two books in the series came from Macbeth, but Cold Comfort comes from a different source. The phrase “cold comfort” is found in both The Taming of the Shrew and King John.

“To make his bleak winds kiss my parched lips And comfort me with cold. I do not ask you much, I beg cold comfort; and you are so strait And so ingrateful, you deny me that.”

– King John

While Shakespeare may have done much to popularize it, the expression cold comfort and the context in which he used it, poor or inadequate compensation, dates back to at least the 14th century.

The focus of our promotional efforts will increasingly be shifting this month from Come What May to the second book in the Ben Malone Series, Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair. Be on the lookout for some “sneak peeks” to be published on our social media feeds. In addition, a dedicated website for book two is in the works and should be live soon. The site will include a link to an extended excerpt from the book.

In case you missed it, during the month of March, the digital edition of Come What May is available from all major eBook retailers for just 99 cents (or the equivalent in international markets). So now is a great time to grab a copy of the first book if you haven’t already. If you have read the book and enjoyed it, I’d be most grateful if you would recommend it to a friend or family member. Click this universal book link to go to the page where you will find all the digital stores where the book can be purchased at the special price.

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