Since Malachy Garrett inherited his father’s investigations
business, he has hated the boring daily grind of the office,
yearning for the days long-past and the excitement and
danger of cases now handed over to his staff.
Those agents include the beautiful but deadly Ana Belaruski,
whose current case threatens to expose a skeleton of family
secrets that could destroy Malachy and everything he and his
As the mystery deepens, they find themselves in a desperate
race to uncover a double agent in their midst. Will Malachy’s
feelings for Ana cloud his judgement, and will he risk
everything for a woman who may or may not share the same
Targeted Age Group:: 16 +
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Inspiration for the book – I really can’t remember what set me off to write a Detective Romance, never mind a series. I had just finished two short stories and my first children’s (10+) book. The last book I read was “On Writing,” by Stephen King. He inspired me to write as if I had a muse on my shoulder. It works really well.
I opened a document and started writing about Anastasia and her lack of success with her latest assignment, after which my fingers or muse took over. The characters seemed to know what they wanted to do. In the story you are introduced to new agents, the book series is about them and their lives/adventures in romance and murder. I love to twist and turn what happens so you don’t see what is coming. I definitely think this is Inspiration from the books I have read in the past.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main Male Character – Malachy – had his name chosen by a good friend from Ireland. I have no idea why it had to be Irish, it just seemed right. Annie gave me a few names and Malachy was an instant hit. His surname came later, though I have no idea where Garrett came from.
My main Female Character – Anastasia Belaruski – She was named after our youngest daughter who we lost 12 years ago. The surname was made up in the Russian/Eastern European style. Again the surname came later, as the novel progressed. Ana know she was adopted by a Russian/American couple.
Most of the characters were made up as I went along. My favourite is Yuri who is the head of security for Garrett Investigation Bureau. Yuri is adorable and fun.
Reaching his destination Malachy paid the cabbie and exited in front of Ana’s apartment. It seemed he couldn’t keep away. Running his hands through his hair tousling it, he sighed heavily. Entering the apartment building he approached the elevator. ‘Sod it,’ he muttered, calling it down. Soon Mal was standing outside Ana’s door listening to rock and roll making his lips curve, never imagining Ana listened to music of this kind. Knocking on the door, he waited patiently. The door flew back wide. A purple haired goddess wearing a short tangerine dress appeared; his jaw dropped in shock.
“W-who the hell are you?” He said once he found his voice.
The woman put her head to one side, smiling sweetly, “You must be Malachy, Ana told me about you.”
“Where’s Ana? Is everything all right?”
“Come on in,” she laughed with delight sashaying to the fridge, “would you like beer? My name’s Mirage. Ana’s fine she went away for a few days. Something about another modelling assignment,” she sighed in envy.
“Yes of course,” he murmured. “So you’re a neighbour?”
Passing him his beer, she replied, “No I’m an old friend from school.”
He raised an eyebrow; she didn’t fit what Malachy thought would be a friend of Ana’s. There again Ana always said she didn’t have any close friends. He’d have to ask her when she returned.
“Thanks for the beer. I thought I heard rock and roll, now seeing you it makes a bit more sense. I can’t imagine Ana listening to rock.”
“Classic rock is great music, wanna dance,” she grinned cheekily.
“No that’s okay thanks.” He said hurriedly, “I need to get going. I’ve other business to attend. Thanks for the beer.” Malachy left rather hurriedly the door closing quickly behind him. Ana kicked off her shoes pressing her back to the door slowly sliding down it until her bum hit the floor where she started to laugh hysterically, tears running down her face ruining her makeup. Taking a deep shuddering breath, she staggered to her feet stumbling across the dark blue carpet to her couch where she stretched out holding her stomach still weak from laughter. Groaning at her aching sides, she closed her eyes enjoying the music as it wafted over and around her.
Malachy wished Ana had warned him about her rather eye-catching friend, talk about total opposite of self, shaking his head he left the building a bit bewildered by the encounter. He hailed a cab to take him home.
About the Author:
Claire Plaisted grew up in the small historical town of Sandbach, Cheshire, England with two older siblings and loving parents.
At 19 she moved to the town of Colwyn Bay in North Wales and it was from here that her adventures began with her first holiday abroad on her own at age 21. New Zealand was the destination and this is where she met her husband to be and eventually moved to in 1991.
Married with four children, sadly losing their youngest child. Claire engages her time in bringing up her children along with family history research. Starting a small hobby business in 2010 to format and print Family History Books for people. It was during the formatting of one book Claire opened a word document while waiting on receiving information to finish her latest project. Her first novel was born. Though this Regency Mystery Romance novel is yet unpublished Claire learnt a lot about the writing world.
Writing novels of many genre, her writing has now taken over her life during the week. With eight books published as e-books and six paperbacks, Claire is getting ready to publish her fifth Garrett Investigation Bureau Novel and her first young children’s book.
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