The latest issue of Storyhack Magazine is now available. In it you will find, among other stories, a new Erik Rugar mystery, “That Summer’s Evening Long Ago”.
Savvy readers will recognize the title as a line from Lewis Carroll’s poem “I’ll Tell Thee Everything I Can” which the White Knight recites to Alice in Through The Looking Glass. I’ve always loved that poem, and it seemed to me to capture the mood of the story.
Regular readers of this blog may recall that I talked about the epilogue of Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts and how I felt it was important that Agent Rugar’s story has a definite ending to it.
I still feel that way, and I don’t intend to alter the events that I laid out in that book.
However, I would like to point out that final story in Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts takes place in the spring of the year 373, and Rugar doesn’t retire from the CPS until the summer of 384, which gives me eleven years of his career in which to write new stories.
“That Summer’s Evening Long Ago” is one of those. I have another one completed, and a third in process. I might end up with enough new stories to warrant a second collection. We’ll see.
This story starts with Rugar taking a case as a favor to a girl he knows through Miss Kitten’s Dating Service. He’s asked to investigate a crime that the victim doesn’t remember and leads him into a sordid tale of unrequited love and criminal alchemy. In the Rugar stories I try to play by two sets of rules–Noir Police Procedural and Magical Fantasy, and I think I managed to be true to both of them here.
I hope you like it.