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Lower Makefield author’s third novel adds mystery to fantasy

“Murder in the Querl,” the third novel by Lower Makefield author Richard Dalglish, was recently published by Solstice Publishing, Farmington, MO.

The book, a fantasy-mystery, is available as in e-book and trade paperback editions.

Richard is the author of two previous novels, “Day of the Fastle,” a fantasy-adventure, and “The Grenling Abduction,” the first book in the fantasy-mystery series.

He discusses his new novel in the Q&A below. 

Q. Give us your elevator pitch for the book.

A. Think “NYPD Blue” meets “Game of Thrones.” Jarn Theffig investigates the murder of Ulder Talpior, an Acrinite who was advocating peace between his people and the Voths who rule them. But Jarn is a Voth, and rumors of Vothan treachery against the Acrinites are sweeping the city, undermining his work. As suspects vanish and rebels threaten violence, Jarn turns to the sorceress Astil, the most dangerous woman in the known world. 

Q. So, it’s a murder mystery.

A. It is, but the setting is a classic medieval-style fantasy world, so we have horses instead of Crown Vics and swords and crossbows instead of Glocks. Which makes it a fantasy police procedural. 

Q. Do the investigators use magic to solve the crime?

A. No. The investigator’s people, the Voths, don’t have magical ability, so he and his team use their wits and skill and old-fashioned police work to solve the crime—with a little help from a friend.  

Q. So there is some magic?

A. Yes, there’s magic in the book, including some nasty spells by one of the villains, plus the sorceress Astil uses some of her special gifts. The final chapter has a fair amount of enchantment, but otherwise I don’t overwhelm the story with supernatural powers.

Q. Will readers be surprised when they find out who done it?

A. Let’s hope. But the main entertainment value of the story is the investigation itself, with its twists, turns, reversals of fortune, violent rebels, disappearing witnesses, wild rumors, and one baffling mystery man who’s known for making people disappear. I tried to make it a fun journey for readers.

PHOTO CAP: Richard Dalglish