Wednesday, May 11, 2022

New Release - No Stone Unturned

Delighted to announce that Book 4 in the Detective Rigby Series is now available in ebook and print format. 


Also available on Kindle Unlimited

A missing pregnant woman. A distraught father-to-be. A desperate plea for help.


Days away from becoming a father, Detective Paul Rigby is already on edge about the birth. The last thing he needs is to be involved in an investigation into a missing pregnant woman. But with the woman being a friend of his girlfriend and a personal plea for help from the woman’s husband, it’s not a case he can turn down–despite the warning from his boss.


But as the initial investigation raises more questions than answers and the case takes an unexpected twist, the lines between personal and professional start to blur and Rigby’s determination to bring the case to a close becomes almost an obsession.


An obsession that could cost him dearly.



                                                                                                   



To celebrate the first three books in the series are on sale until midnight, Saturday, May 14th.


The Anniversary - $0.99


Old Habits Die Hard - $2.99


Under Suspicion - $2.99 



Check out the series page here.




Mel writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense and the Detective Rigby series.
For more information about her books visit her website, or sign up for her newsletter.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Walking in the City - Little Island NYC

 



A beautiful spring day provided the perfect opportunity to check out one of New York City's newest attractions - Little Island.

Opened in 2021 the island sits on the site of Pier 54 which until 1935 was used by the British Cunard-White Star Line for trans-Atlantic ocean voyages.  Among the many passengers who arrived at Pier 54 were the survivors of the Titanic.



 Like many of the New York piers, it fell into disuse for years and was then reclaimed for various social purposes. But in 2012 the pier was seriously damaged by Hurricane Sandy and it was decided to create a new kind of public space

It is certainly eye-catching.

Two bridges provide access to the island, one to the north and one to the south, but given the island is only just over 2 acres, they aren't very far apart. 

The North Bridge

The South Bridge

Walkways and stairs wind their way around well-tended lawns and flowerbeds, making the multi-level island accessible to all. 







An amphitheater overlooks the river. Free and low-cost performances are held throughout the summer months giving local artists a chance to showcase their talent. As it faces west I can imagine the evening audiences may also get to see some stunning sunsets. 



There's a patio where you can grab a bite and sit in the sun and enjoy the surroundings. The day I visited there was only one food truck in operation but from May 25 there will be more options available. I have to say the toasted cheese sandwich was remarkably good!



The park is so well-designed, even the restrooms have been built into the landscape.



Throughout the park, there are fun objects such as Spinning Discs and Dance Chimes. The latter seems popular with young and old judging from the amount of music being made. And it certainly wasn't just kids enjoying the spun chairs on the patio.


And this being New York, everywhere you look there are the iconic views:



It's well worth a visit. And it's free. Though in the busy summer months if you visit after 12pm Thursday thru Sunday (and holidays), you need to have a timed ticket for entry unless you have a ticket for a performance.


Mel writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense. Her latest novel in the Detective Rigby series "No Stone Unturned" will be released on May 10, 2022. 
For more information about her books visit her website, or sign up for her newsletter.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

No Stone Unturned - Cover Reveal

 I am delighted to announce that book 4 of the Detective Rigby series will be released on May 10th, 2022. 


A missing pregnant woman. A distraught father-to-be. A desperate plea for help.

Days away from becoming a father, Detective Paul Rigby is already on edge about the birth. The last thing he needs is to be involved in an investigation into a missing pregnant woman. But with the woman being a friend of his girlfriend and a personal plea for help from the woman's husband, it's not a case he can turn down - despite the warning from his boss.

However, as the initial investigation raises more questions than answers and the case takes an unexpected twist, the lines between personal and professional start to blur and Rigby's determination to bring the case to a close becomes almost an obsession. An obsession that could cost him dearly. 


Many thanks to Jonny Gillard for another fabulous cover design. 

If you haven't had a chance to check out the Detective Rigby series, now is your opportunity to pick up the ebook version of Silent Lies, the book which introduces Detective Rigby, for only $0.99 (US) or £0.99 (UK). The sale lasts until midnight, Saturday 2nd April. 

Available from:

 
Also available in Kindle Unlimited.




Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Walking in the City - New York's Christmas Lights 2021

 


One of my favorite Christmas traditions is taking a trip into New York City to see the lights. There's always something new to see and this year even a short stroll along Fifth Avenue offered some fabulous decorations. 


Holiday sculptures made out of lights adorn the sidewalks between 47th and 60th Street. 





Saks of Fifth Avenue usually puts on the biggest show of all the stores and this year was no exception.


At regular intervals, the whole of the edifice lights up in a magnificent musical display lasting several minutes. 



 The attraction draws substantial crowds who wait patiently on the opposite side of the road for the show to begin, while others take in the sights of the Rockefeller Christmas tree and the parade of angels lining the route to the plaza. 




At street level, the Saks windows offer more delight. This year the windows were based on suggestions from NYC school children who were asked to share their dreams for the holiday. 

Dreaming of a sweet holiday at home

Dreaming of a holiday on the beach 

Dreaming of a holiday playland


Further down the road Dolce & Gabbana have opted for a window designed to make you feel hungry:



 A trio of trees made from lights is a recurring feature along 5th Avenue. They really are quite spectacular. 



Another store on 5th Avenue renowned for its decorations is Bergdorf Goodman. Each window is color-themed but with so much detail that every visitor is likely to find something different that catches the eye. 





Outside the Plaza Hotel, the Pulitzer Fountain has been turned into an icescape featuring penguins, sea lions, and polar bears. 




Turning towards Lexington Avenue, Bloomingdales stands out with its green and red windows on the upper floors.


At street level, the windows are a profusion of color, representing what Bloomingdales describes as a 'Give Happy' theme. 


As an avid knitter, I was rather taken by this cozy window. 


Walking south down Lexington Avenue, New York proves to be a city of lights even without Christmas decorations. A sliver of a crescent moon was visible above the Chrysler Building. 


Outside Grand Central, the recently completed pedestrian plaza looks elegant with its silver lights. The last time I was in the city this area was a construction site!



Mel writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense. Her latest novel in the Detective Rigby series "No Stone Unturned" will be released in Spring 2022. 
For more information about her books visit her website, or sign up for her newsletter at http://bit.ly/melparishnews 









Monday, June 21, 2021

New Release - Detective Rigby Book #3

 Detective Rigby is back!


I am delighted to announce the release of the third book in the Detective Rigby series - Under Suspicion - available in ebook and print and also available on Kindle Unlimited. 

To celebrate and allow anyone who hasn't read the earlier books to catch up, I'm running a special offer on The Anniversary (Book#1) for $0.99/£0.99 and Old Habits Die Hard (Book#2) for $2.99/£1.99 
until midnight Saturday, June 26th. 


Dark-haired and medium-build. That's all the police have to go on in their hunt for the perpetrator of a brutal attack at one of Lewisville County's popular recreational spots.

Joggers on the trail at the time offer them more detail about a solitary runner who fit that description but none know his name. And the police want to keep it that way. Because the man they're describing appears to be one of their own... Detective Paul Rigby.

Forced to step aside, Rigby is supposed to let his colleagues clear him from suspicion. But Rigby's never been good at stepping aside, especially when it's his future on the line. 

And now with a pregnant girlfriend and impending fatherhood, the stakes are higher than ever and he can't be sure all his colleagues believe in his innocence. 





Available in ebook and print from Amazon. The links below will take you to the appropriate Amazon page depending on your locality. 

ebook 

Print


Mel Parish writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and psychological suspense. For more information visit Mel's website at www.melparish.com. If you want to stay up to date with Mel's new releases and receive details of special offers, sign up for Mel's occasional newsletter at http://bit.ly/melparishnews.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Walking at the Beach - Redondo Beach to Santa Monica, California

This blog post comes to you from the West Coast, specifically Redondo Beach, California. The opportunity to spend a month here with my daughter while she was house-sitting was an offer too good to resist. Given my love for walking by the sea, discovering that there was a beach path all the way from Redondo to Santa Monica was an added bonus.

The Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail runs for twenty-two miles, starting two miles south of the Redondo Beach Pier and ending over two miles north of the Santa Monica Pier. As the house we were staying in was close to the Redondo pier, we made that our starting point.

Friday, June 21, 2019

New Release - Old Habits Die Hard

Detective Rigby is back!

I am delighted to announce the release of my latest novel - Old Habits Die Hard - the second book in the Detective Rigby series.