Tuesday 24 November 2020

Haunted Magpie by Anna Nicholas BLOG TOUR @ANicholasAuthor @burrobooks @RandomTTours #HauntedMagpie


When 33-year-old Isabel Flores Montserrat quits a promising career with the Spanish police to run her mother's holiday rentals agency in rural Mallorca, it seems that her crime-fighting days are far behind. Basking in the Mediterranean sunshine with pet ferret, Furo, she indulges her passion for local cuisine, swimming in the sea and raising her pampered hens. However, when a young florist goes missing, Isabel is once again seconded by the National Police to help solve the mystery. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in her own village with a sinister spate of animal disappearances. When another islander vanishes, Isabel and the local police chief, Tolo Cabot, must hunt a potential serial killer using their unorthodox investigative skills. With the clock ticking, they urgently need to find answers and restore harmony to the island once more.

Haunted Magpie by Anna Nicholas was published by Burro Books on 19 November 2020. I am delighted to welcome the author here to Random Things today as part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour. She's telling us 'Ten Things About ....'

Ten Things about author Anna Nicholas 

I’m of Irish, Scottish and Welsh origin and my home is in the mountain town of Soller in northwest Mallorca where I live with my Scottish husband Alan - our son, Ollie, lives abroad. We have 20 hens and an orchard of rescue animals including ducks, peacocks and seven cats. I’m a sucker for animals.

Marathon girl
I’ve run ten international marathons and 20 half marathons for my favourite causes, mostly endangered communities along the Amazon.

Film and Farce
I love farce but not so much slapstick. Favourites include The Man who knew too little with Bill Murray, Pink Panther with Peter Sellers and the play, We can’t pay, we won’t pay by Dario Fo.

Most embarrassing moment 
When I ran my London PR agency, I was once invited to a soiree at the Spanish Embassy. It was raining hard and my colleague and I jumped out of a cab into what we thought was the right building. It was in fact the Portuguese Embassy and before we knew it, the Portuguese Ambassador was greeting us. Helplessly, we had to apologise and make a hasty retreat with a furious butler on our heels. 

Princess Diana
As a graduate and rookie press officer at national charity, Help the Aged, in London, I handled fundraising events for the amazing Princess Diana.

Guinness Book of Records
In my twenties I was an international adjudicator for the Guinness book of Records with founder, Norris McWhirter, CBE. My favourite record was judging the longest conga with singer, Gloria Estefan, in Miami. It was probably the best and funniest job of my life! 

Far flung places
I’ve participated in seven tough humanitarian aid expeditions to weird and wonderful places with my wonderful friend explorer, Colonel John Blashford-Snell. You come back a stone lighter and appreciate clean water and clothes when you return!

Omar Shariff
Bizarrely,  the one and only Omar Sharif once bought me pink champagne and read Baudelaire poetry to me in the bar of The Athenaeum Hotel.

Climb every mountain
Madly, my chum, Alison and I have for the past three years been climbing every peak in Mallorca over 1,000m. There are 54 in total and we’ve reached 50. The worst, shaped like a needle, is yet to come which involves ropes and a technical guide. We’d like to be the first women to scale them all.

Favourite cocktail
Well, if you put me on the rack, I’d have to say a Dry Martini, stirred, not shaken.

ANNA NICHOLAS is of Celtic origin & has lived for 18 years in rural Mallorca. 

An inveterate traveller & experienced freelance journalist, she regularly participates in humanitarian aid expeditions overseas with British explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell, CBE & is a Fellow of the RGS. 

She ran her own PR company in Mayfair, London, for 20 years, was a Guinness Book of Records adjudicator alongside the book’s founder, Norris McWhirter, CBE, and as a rookie press officer at charity Help the Aged, handled events for Princess Diana. 

She runs an international marathon annually for her favourite causes. 

Anna & friend, Alison, are currently scaling all of Mallorca’s 54 peaks over 1,000m. 
They hope to be the first women to have climbed them all by the end of 2020.

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