Tomcat Tompkins – Part 4

“Where’s Spiffy Wiffy?” asked Tompkins looking down his nose at Ingram. “He’s sitting in the vehicle – he doesn’t do the raids – he drives the getaway car.” “Shame,” replied Tompkins, “so did you find any trouble makers, Inspector Ingram, any bolshie whipper-snappers in the place or is it only we Archers you’ve found?” “YouContinue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 4”

Tomcat Tompkins – Part 4

“Where’s Spiffy Wiffy?” asked Tompkins looking down his nose at Ingram. “He’s sitting in the vehicle – he doesn’t do the raids – he drives the getaway car.” “Shame,” replied Tompkins, “so did you find any trouble makers, Inspector Ingram, any bolshie whipper-snappers in the place or is it only we Archers you’ve found?” “YouContinue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 4”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 11

The monitors at the police headquarters in Santiago de Compostela showed the large crowds of people around the cathedral, picked up by the closed-circuit TV cameras. The large open square, known as the Praza da Obradoiro, was full of people adorned with scallop shells, carrying rucksacks and thumb sticks, and wearing waterproofs and boots. MostContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 11”

Tomcat Tompkins – Part 3

“Oh, nothing much, became Mayor of Lyons, Minister of the Interior under Sarkozy, and then Minister of Finance under Hollande, although she’s rumoured to have spent a lot of time under Hollande, ministering to his sexual predilections. Nothing ever happened between us because she was stolen away by a Hungarian count, of all things.” “Anyway,Continue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 3”

Tomcat Tompkins – Part 2

“Oh, bollocks,” said Tompkins, “I’ve bloody well slammed my Jaguar into a telegraph pole, again, that’s the third time today.” He thumped a pint-glass sized fist into the palm of his other hand, causing a slapping sound that reverberated around the interior of his vehicle. Using his enormous strength, Tompkins levered himself out of theContinue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Part 2”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 10

Pat Walker sat back in her seat by the window. She’d had a wonderful time in Valladolid, especially in the Plaza Major later the previous evening. Her new clothes fitted in with those around her and she’d removed her coat, hat, and sunglasses and hoped she blended in.  She helped a small, grey-haired lady putContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 10”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 9

Valladolid has a bewildering array of churches, statues, palaces, and plazas. I started in the Plaza Mayor, built after a fire in the 16th century. The buildings are all painted in a rich red colour, including the Ayuntamiento or City Hall, which takes pride of place on the northern side. This plaza was the firstContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 9”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 8

Pat Walker had a single seat for her journey to Valladolid from Burgos. She placed her bag on the rack and glanced through the window at the police presence on the platform. According to the posters, a tourist had been attacked two days ago near this station. There was no description of the attacker, butContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 8”

She’s Coming For You – Chapter 7

The tall man with three day’s growth of beard leaned against the black flag on the wall and listened to his friend talking on a satellite phone. Rapid bursts of Arabic were being exchanged as the evening sunshine came through the blinds and cast a shadow over the paintings on the wall. There was aContinue reading “She’s Coming For You – Chapter 7”

Tomcat Tompkins – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – June 24th – Late Afternoon “There you are, my lovelies,” said Clifford Tompkins, scattering seeds in the trays, so his beloved pigeons could feed to their heart’s content. The birds began to coo, although two of them flapped their wings in anger “Now, now, Bella, don’t fight with Judy, there’s plenty forContinue reading “Tomcat Tompkins – Chapter 1”