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Saying Farewell to a series

Sue Grafton is running out of the alphabet. Darynda Jones is filling up the graveyard. Agatha Christie feared the bombs dropping on London during World War II and so wrote final novels for her sleuths, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. She survived and left the books with her bank as she wrote other stories in those series, knowing she’d already prepared them a suitable farewell. Margaret Frazer’s series with Dame Frevisse and Joliffe came to an end with her early death.

Every series, no matter how well loved by readers, must come to an end. And so it is with the Victorian Bookshop Mystery series. The romantic arc I’d imagined when I started The Vanishing Thief 5 years ago has come to an end with The Detecting Duchess, out today.

No author ends a series lightly, especially one as popular as the Victorian Bookshop mysteries have been. But my brain or my muse or the voices inside my head have moved on. Georgia and the duke no longer converse with me when I’m trying to sleep. I’m at work on my third Deadly series story, Deadly Fashion, with number four, Deadly Deception, churning in my mind like a hurricane.

Plus I have the first in a new series, set in the dawn of the Edwardian era of big hats and newfangled motor cars, already written. Readers who liked the Archivist Society and the idea of a group of sleuths will enjoy the Gates. They’re a close knit group, all right, but not exactly of sleuths. And there will be the slow blooming romance between my main character, milliner Emily Gates, and a certain Scotland Yard detective. I hope those who’ve enjoyed the late Victorian era will take a step into the new century as Emily finds her first dead body.

So I’m saying goodbye to a part of my life for the past five years with fond memories of hard work, long hours, and gratifyingly good comments from readers. And I’m saying hello to more long hours and hard work spent in the first years of the Edwardian era and the turbulent pre-World War II years. I hope the readers follow me to new adventures with murder, mayhem, and intrepid lady sleuths.

The newest from Kate Parker, The Detecting Duchess, is out now at all major on line retailers in print and ebook. For what’s coming next, check www.KateParkerbooks.com or www.Facebook.com/Author.Kate.Parker/

21 responses to “Saying Farewell to a series”

  1. Darynda Jones says:

    It is insanely hard to say goodbye! With my YA series, I knew from the get-go it was a trilogy, so I didn’t have any problems with the last book in that way. But with the Charley books, oy. I’m have a very difficult time and I’m only on the second to last.

    Still, I have a spinoff to look forward to, so that has helped, not to mention a thousand ideas for other series. I get what you mean about new ideas swirling in your head at night. They never stop. Thankfully!

    Great post, Kate, and cheers to such a successful series!!!

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  2. Congrats on the new release, Kate! I do love great mysteries. (Passing you a cyber-Mimosa) Click!

    As soon as I saw your title for this post, I knew I had to stop by today. My fourth book in a series is in production and I was just thinking the other week how I would say good-bye to the good people of Black Moose, VT. I have two more books planned for the series, but dang I love these people. Their fun and loving and have taken my mind off some difficult situations in my life. How do you say good-bye to family and friends? It has to hurt.

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    • Kate Parker says:

      The nice thing is with your Vermonters, you don’t have to end it until you want to. I’m ready to say farewell to Georgia, as much as I love her.
      We can’t direct our creative minds. That and a lack of time forces me in this direction. I’m sure I’m not the first to have this problem.

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  3. Addison Fox says:

    Kate

    What a fantastic post!!! While I will miss Georgia, I am super excited for what comes next! And I love how you described the characters – it’s amazing how much a fresh story that is truly “next” makes its presence known in our minds!!!

    xo,
    Addison

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  4. Congratulations to you and Georgia on a great run! And I LOVE that you are staying true to your series arc and providing a natural and satisfying ending. This shows great respect for readers and characters. Joy!

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    • Kate Parker says:

      This seemed like the perfect ending spot for Georgia’s book length stories. Plus, she stopped talking to me. She’s too busy with her new life!

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  5. Jacie Floyd says:

    Thanks for the post. I’m sure it’s hard to let go of a series while it’s still popular. It is always up to the author to know when it’s time to move on and I respect that decision. It’s both strong and brave of you to recognize the moment. Some of us might be tempted to hang on longer than we should.

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    • Kate Parker says:

      I’m sure we’ve all found a few series that we loved for the first ten or twenty stories, but eventually the author, and our attention, ran out of steam. I wouldn’t want to do that.

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  6. jbrayweber says:

    Congrats, Kate, on your latest release and for the success of your series.

    I know it has to be rough saying goodbye to not only the series and all the dedication put into it, but in saying goodbye to the characters that have become as real as you and I.

    All along I have planned on bringing an end to the Romancing the Pirate series. I’m 8 books in, after all, and the plan was to wrap it up at 10. I even have a very good idea how to pull it all together in a big finale. But somehow, I have managed to take a couple of side trips off and have found new offshoots of my pirate world. Guess my pirate obsession isn’t at its end yet. 🙂

    Great post, Kate!

    Jenn!

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    • Kate Parker says:

      Jenn, I hope your pirate obsession isn’t over yet! You’ll have to let us know if you put out the last big bang for this series at number ten or if you change your mind.

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  7. How exciting to be starting a new chapter with a new series, Kate! You’ve gotta chase the stories that excite you and it sounds like you’ve got a lot of great mysteries in store for us, even if they aren’t all featuring Georgia and her duke. Good luck with all your new ventures!

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  8. Congratulations, Kate. It’s hard to say goodbye to old friends but it sounds like you have lots of wonderful ideas that will continue to make your many readers happy. And most importantly, you! Happy release day.

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  9. Tina Beckett says:

    Congratulations, Kate! I’m sure there are some mixed feelings in there, but it’s exciting to look toward something new! Your readers will love wherever your imagination takes you!

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  10. Elisa Beatty says:

    Oh, my goodness, Kate! Congrats on completing a wonderful series!! I’m sure it’s bittersweet.

    Here’s to many new series to come!!!

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  11. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Right now at this juncture in my writing, I can hardly imagine saying farewell to an entire series. I am having a hard enough time saying good-bye to my characters as I get closer and closer to the end!

    Congratulations!

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