(Previously titled: Murder at the Veterans’ Club)
It’s 1924, and Eric Peterkin is an established member of the Britannia Club, a gentlemen’s club for ex-servicemen. It seems like an idyllic haven, but when a gentlemen’s wager ends with one man dead in the vault under the club, Eric finds himself compelled to tackle the mystery.
The quest takes him from a dilapidated former hospital to a six-year-old disappearance, and on to the secrets of the club’s governing board of officers. Threatened with expulsion and dogged by the shadows of other people’s pasts, Eric presses on nonetheless. But can he snare the killer before his own membership becomes a thing of yesterday?
Eric Peterkin is the hero of the story: an idealistic young man who, as the story begins, feels a little uncomfortable with his membership at the gentlemen’s club to which his family has belonged for generations. He’s half-Chinese on his mother’s side, and there are those who think he’s not "English enough" ... and of those, one or two have the bad taste to make their feelings known. Eric dreams of earning his place, of establishing his right by some sort of grail quest. But when the quest turns inwards on his "fellow knights", Eric must decide if the prize is worth the price.
My name is Christopher Huang. I grew up in Singapore and moved to Canada when I was 17. I returned to Singapore the following year for two years of military service, before going to McGill University in Montreal to study Architecture. I still live in Montreal; these days, I’m pursuing the dream of writing full-time.
I’m a longtime fan of the "golden age" of detective fiction, and the principles of fair play governing the genre, as described by Ronald Knox in his decalogue. As Ellery Queen observed, the primary attraction of detective fiction is that the reader should be able to solve the mystery themselves from the given clues, prior to the grand denouement.
I have a blog.
I may be contacted at christopher.huang (at) mail.mcgill.ca.
The manuscript was submitted to Inkshares on 09 January 2017, and is now in production. The fifth draft was submitted for a final round of developmental edits in February 2018, and a tentative release date has been set for 31 July 2018.