Annie Appleton is an indie writer, who loves cats, baking and reading mysteries. On top of that Annie has done her fair share of knitting.
This might class her as the stereotypical cosy mystery reader, if it weren’t for the fact that Annie spent nine months of her life working on containerships and many a night looking at the sky in search for the International Space Station.
In 2004, Annie was lucky enough to move to the English city of York, where she, like an amateur sleuth in a cosy mystery, ended up in a close-knit, but vibrant community.
Annie soon fit in, thanks to a part-time job at the local deli and an allotment society vegetable plot.
Having written two non-fiction books about York, Annie is now using her time in York as inspiration for her cosy mystery series, which centres around Jacob Hicks, local physics teacher and generally regarded as the ‘village idiot’, and Paddy the Rat, observer of all things human.
When a shop owner gets murdered, Jacob Hicks and Emily are drawn into solving the mystery. Then a horrible sewer smell starts spreading itself along Woolaston Road.
Meanwhile Paddy the Rat and his pal Vinnie hope for a quiet holiday in the sewers under Woolaston Road. When a backpack full of treasure appears, the nefarious Rat Mafia want to get their paws on it.
When Jacob Hicks, resident weird professor, is the suspect in a murder case, he reluctantly sets out to prove his innocence. With Emily, on probation for biting a policeman, he delves into the gossip and lies of the local allotment society, where gardening tools can be deadly weapons.
Meanwhile, Paddy the Rat is plagued by teenage rat Cecil, while his childhood bogeyman has come alive.