Book excerpt for a British detective meets paranormal romance novel by Toni Allen

Today’s spotlight shines on the mystery novel Visiting Lilly by Toni Allen.

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Toni Allen is a professional
tarot reader, astrologer, author and photographer.
I’ve been a professional tarot
reader for about 30 years, and an astrologer for about 25. Now, thanks to the
internet, I have an International client database. My main website is creaking
because I haven’t updated it for so long, but it’s still fully functional and
full of lots of interesting information. A new build is
underway, with lots of modern bits and pieces so that you can connect with me
via Facebook and easily keep up-to-date with events that I’m offering readings

about Visiting Lilly:
D.I. Jake Talbot is a burnt-out British detective given a second
chance to believe in love, friendship and the transcendent essence of the human
experience. When he investigates a seemingly innocent visitor to a residential
care home for the elderly he uncovers a dangerous family hiding a forbidden
romance that mysteriously crosses the boundaries of time. The deceitful family
does all they can to prevent Talbot from discovering their secrets surrounding
an unsolved murder, family betrayal; at the core of which is a keenly
intelligent, though somewhat mentally challenged young man who is fixated on an
elderly woman being held captive by her own grandson. Talbot sets out to right
the many wrongs done to the blameless, and in turn, rediscovers his own
Excerpt from Visiting Lilly:
Bailey’s warned off
Chapter 23
 ‘I’ve been warned off, Jake.’
‘Had a phone call from that twit
Weissman, about an hour ago.’ He nodded in response to Talbot waving the coffee
jar. ‘He told me I was making too many waves, asking too many questions,
helping you out too much.’ He pressed his index finger firmly on the manila
folder. ‘Keith McKenzie’s school reports that you requested.’ His lips curled
into a snarl. ‘I won’t be able to offer much more. Damn people.’
‘May I ask who these damn people
are, sir?’ Talbot asked, hoping Bailey knew more than he’d gleaned from
Weissman, but the answer was disappointing.
‘All I know is that they’re a
psychiatric unit connected to the MOD, and have a lot more clout than I do.’ He
frowned, sat down and picked up Lilly’s photo again. [***] ‘And all for a bit
of skirt.’ Opening his fingers, he let the picture float to the table. ‘Putting
you on this case, they’ve stolen one of my best resources … and then they
expect me to back down and not offer assistance.’
‘Why exactly is that, sir?’ Talbot
smiled, amused by Bailey referring to him as a top resource. He placed the
drink in front of him.
‘Digging. Christ, you’re allowed to
go digging, unofficially, but it appears that anything I do leaves a footprint
they’re not keen on shadowing.’
‘Odd, isn’t it.’ Talbot nonchalantly
lit a cigarette. ‘Weissman was correct in his prediction that being a lone dog
wouldn’t be much fun …’ He leant very close to Bailey, tried not to grin, and
said in a hushed whisper, ‘Of course, sir, you’ve been behind a desk a while
now; I guess you wouldn’t be much interested in offering a little covert
‘I never have liked your methods,
Jake, never approved.’ Bailey sipped his coffee. ‘What did you have in mind?’

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