This third book (BOOK 3) of the series was written five
years after the second book. Life got in the way as it sometimes does, but I needed
a break from other projects. I asked Lady Horse if she wanted to star in another book,
and she replied, "Yes, yes, yes, YES!"
The story-within-a-story of Lone Fly McQuade was fun, albeit a little edgy
since we know that R.P.L. eats flies! Would reader balk at the demise of a fly
given anthropomorphic qualities? It was like sending a redshirt
crew member down to a planet on Star Trek. Still, I enjoyed writing from the
perspective of a fly. Lone Fly McQuade was patterned after an actual fly who
buzzed around my lamp on 2018.07.07. A totally different fly bugged
me on 2018.07.18, and I named him Lone Fly McQuade. In case you were wondering,
any fly can be called Lone Fly McQuade so long as there is only one.
Anyway, I chronicled the event in an email to my sister:
A single fly somehow got into my home. Another visit from Lone Fly McQuade! Well, I shooed him away, but he would have none of my shooing. In fact, he made a point of taunting me by immediately dive-bombing my left ear. He thought he was being funny or some such thing.
Well, that’s when I got out the RAID. I pursued him into the kitchen and gave him a little taste. He took off when the compressed spray reached him, but then he landed immediately—a speckle or two of the aerosol tincture must have touched him. I could have sworn he said, in a buzzy David Copperfield voice, "Please sir, may have some more?" Me being charitable and all, I gave him just a wee bit more.
I suspect I will find Lone Fly McQuade on the floor with X’s on his eyes.
In this book, I continued to name characters after jazz musicians, well, at least
a few of them. Buddy Crab was named after Buddy Rich (or Buddy Miles), and Peggy Lee
Crab was named after Peggy Lee—yes, her full name. Since there were many more
characters than previous books, I gave up trying to name them after musicians.
Rino the dog was named after a real dog with whom I played ball and sometimes ran.
Oh, the bit about Turkish Coffee originally came from a BBC dramatization
called McLevy starring Brian Cox (the actor, not the physicist) as a
Victorian detective. After listening to the entire 12 series, twice, James McLevy's
love of amazing coffee (received from Jean Brash) prompted me to try Turkish Coffee.
I liked it a lot, but not as much as R.P.L. did!