The Café Paradise is a fictional café in York, North Yorkshire. I have set the books there as it is one of my favourite cities and I know it well. At present there are two books published in the trilogy and I hope to write the third one over the course of the next winter.
I would be getting on with it now, but we are packing up to move back to North Yorkshire from south-west Scotland. We are leaving our house on the market here and settling in a bolt-hole in Filey. It will be easier to promote 'Café Paradise' around the county and I hope, future books set in North Yorkshire.
Just to give you a flavour of the books, below is the back-cover information. I hope it will tempt you to read on......
'CAFÉ PARADISE' - Book 1
After Jackie Dalrymple-Jones finds her domineering mother lying dead, face down in a bowl of porridge, she has to take responsibility for Café Paradise. The greasy-spoon in York has seen better days, but Jackie's plans to modernise are not appreciated by her wilful staff.
Zumba dancing, feckless chickens, cross-dressing and the world's most fiery curry all play their part as Jackie and her friends find love and fight financial skullduggery.
'CAFÉ PARADISE - Book 2 'MARILYN'S DAUGHTERS'
In this riotous sequel to 'Café Paradise' life is never simple - or dull.
Marilyn Dalrymple-Jones left a fine old mess when she finally dropped down dead in her plate of porridge.
Newly released from prison, Janet Bailey goes looking for her birth mother in York. Her search takes her to the Café Paradise - where her presence threatens to disrupt Jackie's marriage to Barney...
Life is far from straightforward for the rest of the café staff. Penny and George are touring Europe and can't keep out of trouble. Kate is convinced that Stan has been seduced by an Italian sex siren - and she's acquired a stalker...
And Walter - landed with a sheepdog called Elvis, an eccentric French chef and a ditzy new waitress, is ready to wash his hands of the lot of them..
Can Jackie, Kate and Penny save their relationships? Will a malevolent presence from the past ruin Jackie's business? To find out, pull out a chair and take your seat in the Café Paradise…
Editor: Patricia is very kindly donating a signed copy of each Cafe Paradise book as raffle prizes for our next competition. Details will be up on website very soon. Thank you Patricia!