My work-in-progress is THE SILVER CANE, a Fitzjohn mystery and #4 in the series. My title comes from the fact that the murder victim carried a cane with a silver handle.
I’ve envisaged this cane for months. A silver handle, atop a slim piece of dark wood with a silver tip at the end. The only thing I had not visualised is what shape the silver handle would take, although I did know it would be some sort of bird.
I’d never even seen a walking cane like this and I didn’t expect I would. The canes I have seen are rather clinical looking things that stand in corners of chemist’s shop, waiting for some elderly new owner to come along.
Oddly, on this particular Tuesday morning, I seemed to be carried along on a wave of activities I rarely participate in. That is, I went out for breakfast to an old part of town that I don’t usually frequent. After breakfast I went to a bookshop that I’ve never been keen on. I found I still wasn’t, so I left after a couple of minutes, but instead of retracing my steps back to my car, I found myself walking in the opposite direction. That’s when I happened upon what I can only describe as a curiosity shop. You know the sort; a bit dusty, dimly lit, cluttered, and simply filled to the brim with bric-a-brac - in other words, a wonderful place to browse. I'm a good browser so, of course, I stepped inside. No doubt you know the rest. There, leaning against an old cupboard was the very SILVER CANE I had conjured up in my mind, complete with an eagles head for its silver handle, and a silver tip at its end. True story!
I’m now the proud owner of that silver cane, made in Italy, no less, and a most beautiful object. I must say, this whole episode has brought more meaning to the title of my next Fitzjohn mystery - THE SILVER CANE.
Do you have any spooky stories?