Just Released! The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman: Further Fairmount Manor Mysteries (Book 2)
by Mel Anastasiou
“Replete with packet chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese, Stella Ryman paused just outside Fairmount Manor’s dining room, where she used the sleeve of her fleece warm-up suit to wipe the condensation from the streaked and fog-edged windows along the corridor. Fleece on wet glass wasn’t much good. Nevertheless, as she scrubbed, the windows bloomed with early afternoon sunshine. There was so much springtime glory outside Fairmount, and there was so much gloom inside, that she didn’t want to add to it. But she had lately developed a detective’s lynx-eyed perspective. All her sleuthing to date ought to have brought peace and justice to Fairmount’s staff and residents, but she couldn’t deny that trouble had resurfaced at Fairmount Manor.”
When the machineries of institution fail to protect Fairmount Manor, octogenarian amateur sleuth Mrs Stella Ryman rolls up her fleece jacket sleeves to ferret out a thief, investigate a gun-toting resident, set right a mishandled investigation of a man’s death, pursue spectres and footpads walking at midnight, and discover Thelma Hu’s long-lost fortune. No good deed goes unpunished, though, and Stella will face struggles, mysteries, and sacrifices that hit her where she lives.
Mrs Stella Ryman is a fish out of water, a stranger in a strange land — an amateur sleuth, trapped in a down-at-heel care home. You’d be cranky, too. 6.99 ebook / 24.95 print
© Mel Anastasiou 2019, Pulp Literature Press
ISBN (print): 978-1-988865-11-9
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-988865-12-6
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries (Book 1)
by Mel Anastasiou
“On this particular sun-and-shade April morning at Fairmount Manor, Stella Ryman no more entertained the idea of becoming an amateur sleuth than she had of entering next spring’s Boston Marathon. For not only was Stella eighty-two years old, but she had lately sold her home and a lifetime of gathered possessions and washed up at Fairmount Manor Care Home in such a state that she would have bet her remaining seven pairs of socks that she’d be dead in half a year.”
But when money goes missing and an innocent woman stands accused and loses her job at Fairmount, when malicious poison pen letters find their way into the hands of staff and residents, and when a resident vanishes without a trace, Stella takes matters into her own hands. She’ll break every one of the Director’s rules and slash all the institutional red tape in the place in her struggle to find out the truth.
Mrs Stella Ryman is an amateur sleuth, trapped in a down-at-the-heels care home.
“Stella Ryman. You’d be cranky, too.” 6.99 ebook / 17.95 print
© Mel Anastasiou 2017, Pulp Literature Press
ISBN (print): 978-0-9949565-5-2
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9949565-6-9
In April 2018, Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was longlisted for the prestigious and hilarity-based Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.
“I absolutely loved the character Stella, and this was beautifully written with humour, grace, and suspense.” – Kirsty Favell
“Stella’s world is an engaging read.” – Mary Morris
“Stella wins! Carefully written and a rewarding read. Stella is an unlikely sleuth, like Precious Ramotswe, facing obstacles with courage. A good read for thoughtful people.” – S Peterson
“Memorable characters” – Ace Baker, fighttowrite.com
“I love how Anastasiou is taking pulp conventions and using them to tell the relatively ‘mundane’ story of a woman’s final years (months? days?) in a nursing home. … complete with hair’s-breadth escapes and tall drinks of water and arch enemies.” – Theric Jepson, thmazing.blogspot.ca