Gerard Hardy’s Misfortune
July 12, 2019 — 8:11

Author: Dorothy Johnston  Category: crime fiction crime series fiction writing  Comments: 2

Well, the countdown has begun in earnest now, to the publication of my third sea-change mystery and twelfth novel, Gerard Hardy’s Misfortune.

cover design by John Cozzi

A few days ago, I was asked what clan tartan the cover designer, John Cozzi, had used.

It’s a hybrid, based on the Johnston, my family’s tartan on my father’s side, but with brown lines added. Those lines, and the pale green ones as well, suggest bars on a cell to me, and will perhaps to others too, when they read the story. My murder victim, Gerard Hardy, is found in a cell-like room at the end of a basement corridor, underneath Queenscliff’s historic Royal hotel.

The title is a play on The Fortunes of Richard Mahony and Hardy is a Henry Handel Richardson scholar, in Queenscliff to conduct some unorthodox research.

As I’ve said in previous posts, I find Richardson’s a compelling presence still, just up the hill from the Royal, at 26 Mercer Street, where she lived as a small girl with her mother and father and her sister, Lil.

Gerard Hardy’s Misfortune isn’t an historical novel, but the history of the Richardson family does play an important part.

And the glue that holds the whole thing together is provided by the main characters in my first two sea-change mysteries, Chris Blackie and Anthea Merritt.

  • Dear Dorothy – For Pity Sake Publishing is thrilled to be able to help you bring ‘Gerard Hardy’s Misfortune’ into the world. Congratulations on a very worthy addition to your sea-change mystery series!

    July 14, 2019 — 1:41
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    Thank you Jen.

    People have been asking me about the tartan, and wondering if Gerard Hardy is Scottish. I hadn’t thought about that. His forbears could have been.

    July 24, 2019 — 4:41
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