Viper Investigations (Fragment Alpha-11)

Note: Intended to be read after all three parts of the Creswood Mysteries series.

“What do you mean it’s over?” Stolas complained. “I thought you brought us here because we had a new case to investigate.”

“I never said that. I said there’s a case I’d like you both to help me review. It just so happens to be a case that’s already been closed.”

Detective RR had called his subordinates, Stolas and Ash, into the office on an ordinary Saturday. Viper Investigations typically solved cases Monday through Friday with work occasionally spilling over into the weekend. Neither Stolas nor Ash were currently working on any cases so they hadn’t expected to receive a call from their boss out of nowhere. Neither of them were particularly busy so they showed up like loyal employees according to RR’s request.

Stolas was eager to get back to work, as was Ash to a certain degree, so they both felt misled when RR started giving them the details.

“Is this old case one that we worked on?” Ash asked.

“No. It’s a case that was closed long before any of us were born. I was investigating something else when I came across the records of the Lockwood case. Entitled Shadow Puppet Mysteries in the archives, it seems to involve something I’m interested in.”

“I’ve never heard of it. How long ago was it closed?” Stolas asked.

“From our perspective, about 90 years ago.”

“Did something important happen back then?” Ash asked. “90 years is a long time. I can’t imagine it’s a personal case for you like Creswood was.”

“Take a look at this,” RR said. He handed a page from a dusty file folder to Ash. His subordinate scanned the paper for a few moments before looking up with a serious expression.

“This can’t be the same though,” Ash said. “Even if it is, they’ve got nothing to do with one another.”

There was a very loose connection between this old case, Shadow Puppet Mysteries, and the Creswood case they had been working on a few weeks ago. The connection was tenuous at best so Ash dismissed it. RR wasn’t so certain that it was something to be dismissed so easily.

“Well, let’s find out together. It could be nothing or it could be something.”

“Hey, don’t leave me out,” Stolas complained. “What’s going on? I don’t know anything about any shadow puppets.”

“Then let’s start the story,” RR said. “August 1st, 1910. A mansion in a forest just outside of town.”

Coming October 25th… Shadow Puppet Mysteries’ First Performance!

Writing Update: 2017 Project Plans

The logo for my next book is now in production! While it won’t be released for over a year, now is a good time to begin talking about my plans to fill the space between then and now.

RMV Mysteries 2 begins this October, and new entries in the series will be published every few months, but RMV Mysteries is unrelated to the world of my next book. The stage of the continent of Zekkyn is vast and waiting to be explored. Through Alpha Fragments and other blog posts, I plan to offer glimpses into that world ahead of its debut at the end of next year.

During the initial stages of writing it’s important to leave room for new and better ideas and to not arbitrarily commit to plot points. Therefore, the plot of my 2017 book is still in flux even though many elements have been decided for close to a year now. New concepts and features of the world that feature in the book won’t be discussed until later when they’ve been established as fact, but elements like the Existence Scholars and the Order of the Black Flame can be explored further without fear of contradicting new information or writing something that ends up being cut during the writing process.

I believe that once something is written it’s established as fact, so I wish to be very careful with what I say or reveal. Using my judgment and what I’ve learned about writing over these past few years, I will do my best to release new information here and there that I can guarantee will be accurate. Once the logo has been revealed, which will also reveal the title, please look forward to these kinds of updates.

While it was difficult to speak about Memory Blood Castle, as it was the last entry in the series, this is a brand new work and so I can speak more about the development process as well. Please also look forward to more Writing Updates in general and the title and logo very soon!