‘The Girl in the Blue Hat’ began life as a short story, ‘Tea at Raffles’, published in Collected Writings - Vol I.
Kenver McDonald is desperate for an idea for his second novel. On a whim, he flies to Singapore and Raffles Hotel once home to the writers Miller, Maugham and Kipling. Over tea, they suggest that the girl I the blue hat, whom Kenver has seen in the hotel swimming pool, might prove an inspiration for his second novel. At that point, the girl had no name.
That was where I left the story but when I was questioned, ‘what was the story of the girl in the blue hat?’ I had to confess, I didn’t know. I set out to discover it for myself and ‘The Girl in the Blue Hat’ is the result.
Like ‘Tea at Raffles’, ‘The Girl in the Blue Hat’ was also intended to be written as a short story. From there it grew into a long story, then a novella and finally, has ended up as a short novel. It turns out that the girl in the blue hat is called, Angelique Dubois, by the way.
Together, with the aid of Angelique the dead trio endeavour to help Kenver move on with both his life and his career but rarely is anything ever what it seems.
The novel is set for publication Spring 2021