There’s never a dull moment for paranormal investigator Porter Biggleswade. Newlyweds Bernard and Jill don’t think wedded life is so blissful after their honeymoon. Two weeks in Egypt, and now Bernard is being haunted. The case takes Porter to the Valley of the Kings, where the past catches up with her. But can she really right an ancient wrong?
The Ghosts of Kings is the third book in Amy Flint’s Porter Biggleswade series.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Ghost stories have been told throughout history, and they continue to entertain today. As this is the third book in my paranormal mystery series, I wanted my lead Porter Biggleswade to continue growing as a character whilst also employing my background in archaeology to create an absorbing paranormal investigation which would take her to Egypt.
I’m drawn to the Eighteenth Dynasty, particularly the Amarna Period, and I was keen to send Porter to some of the sites I visited when I travelled down the Nile, as part of her investigation. I could imagine how she felt when she reached the Valley of the Kings!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The idea for paranormal investigator Porter Biggleswade came to me during a ghost tour on York’s infamous Shambles. Our guide was imparting tales of ghostly woe when it struck me that it would be a fantastic place for a ghost hunter to live, and thus Porter was born.
I was excited to feature Bernard Atley in this book, as he is mentioned briefly in the ‘The Haunting of Delavere Hall’. I find him to be an intriguing character because he’s quiet and unassuming, and yet has a great passion for all things Ancient Egyptian. When he’s not busy working as a mechanic, he can be found pouring over his many Egyptology books.
Following Bernard’s honeymoon in Egypt, this supposedly harmless hobby comes back to haunt him, quite literally, even though he is the last person you would expect to see ghosts. His character is based on all those silent sceptics who find themselves suddenly unsettled by inexplicable phenomena.
Porter was glad to be back at her desk.
She had just sat through another departmental meeting, a weekly fixture she could do without. It was ridiculous to feel hostile, it was only a meeting after all, but sit through one and then judge.
They were barely into the New Year, twelfth night to be exact, but Christmas was already a distant memory. The lately formed Paranormal Investigation Unit, or PIU for short, had a growing case list. As word spread about the unit so did the number of hauntings, apparently. York’s ghosts were becoming bolder by the day.
‘The meetings aren’t that bad,’ insisted Clarice, who liked to keep tabs on her colleagues.
The intern was awarded a withering look. Porter didn’t care what her colleagues got up to so long as it didn’t involve her. Tipping Skittles on her desk, she self-medicated.
Clarice bristled at the chaos of colour while the row of egg cups stood empty.
Porter toyed with her intern a moment longer before going for coffee. Order was quickly restored.
She spent what was left of her morning writing up her findings from Delavere Hall. Porter’s friend believed ghosts were rife at the aged property and had recently asked her to investigate.
It turned out her friend wasn’t a fantasist after all. Clarice was still documenting spectral shenanigans at the hall, keen to capture further evidence for her dissertation.
Mike skulked in for a file and left. Porter’s colleague would be gone for the rest of the day with any luck.
There was no love lost between Porter and Mike. Mike thought her a fraud while she knew he was inept. The only thing they shared apart from an office was loathing.
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