The beginnings of the Diamond and Doran Mysteries are a little murky.
One summer, a long time ago, I took a screen writing course for fun. The point was to get to a place where I could write a short screenplay on any subject that could be graded by the professor. As mystery was always my go to for entertainment it seemed the right place to start for the screenplay. By the time I was done I had my script and it was a mystery, but these two characters, Arthur Diamond and Billy Doran were only peripheral players. The screenplay was set in Arizona and the star was a loner detective called Kyle. I didn’t say it was a good screenplay.
I finished the course, got a decent grade and put everything aside, but I kept getting this distant echo of voices in the back of my mind. ‘Hey, don’t forget about us.’ ‘Don’t just leave us here in limbo.’ Diamond and Doran, calling me, jumping up and down, waving their arms and wanting to be heard. Weird, I know, but that’s how we writers roll.
Enter Arthur Diamond. A pale, tall, flame haired strip of a young man, born in Toronto, Canada, then part of Britain. A British army veteran of the Sudan campaign, a hero and Victoria Cross recipient, who is looking for somewhere to fit in. And now he’s the very English rookie that Doran loathes and despises. Let the fun and games begin.
The men of the Diamond and Doran Mysteries are complex and contrary, sometimes annoying and stubborn, but you can count on them all in a crisis. Even when it’s a family crisis. Come and join the Diamond and Doran Mysteries family, they’d love to meet you, and you will love meeting them.
Until next Friday, happy reading!