I thought I would spend a little time introducing future readers to the Psychic CID team. You can read my interview with DI Evelyn Lynch here
DS Joe Lamont is a principle key to the plot of the first as yet untitled Psychic CID book. Just twenty-five Lamont has recently transferred from regular to Psychic CID. He is of African origin and single. Joe is a medium and deeply intuitive although not Empathic.
DCI John Silva is effectively in charge. He is a medium and Psychometrist, which means he can pick up spirit messages from both personal effects and inanimate objects. Silva is in his late forties and married with a grown up daughter, Hayley. She is a source of worry for her father since she appears to possess no psychic ability or any interest in the paranormal.
DI Evelyn Lynch is forty and widowed. She discovered her psychic ability following the death of her husband, Daniel.
DC Maria Whitfield is thirty and in a long-term relationship with her girlfriend, Carol. DC Whitfield has limited mediumship abilities but she is a gifted Psychometrist and Tarot card reader. She is a primary advocate of lesbian and gay rights.
DS Martin Crayford is in his mid forties and divorced. His ex wife was in denial about her psychic abilities and as such this led to irreconcilable differences between them. Crayford is a medium and can see auras. He is also empathic so the team do their best to keep him away from crime scenes, interviews, post mortems and inquests to protect him from the sensory invasions such situations would cause him.
I thought I would share a brief excerpt from chapter 1.
“It’ll be okay, Joseph.” A female voice said and the mirror misted over and cleared to reveal a diminutive grey haired woman standing behind him, his late mother Dolores. She was the only person who had ever used his given name, whether she was mad at him or not. He had never liked the Biblical implications of his first name and much preferred to be called Joe.
“Why am I having these dreams, Mum?” Joe asked, “I need to be fresh for tomorrow.”
“You will understand soon enough, son,” Dolores smiled. It was not a knowing smile so Joe surmised she knew no more than he did, which, he reminded himself, was precisely nothing.
“I wish I knew now,” he grumbled.
“You will, Joseph, just trust in Spirit and you will find the right path. I’m mighty proud of you for the career choice you have taken. The regular police have no concept of the power of Spirit. This Psychic CID thing is a step in the right direction for everyone if the narrow minded earthly powers that be could but see it.”
“I know mum,” Joe blinked away a tear from his eye. Dolores’ long drawn out painful death from bone cancer seven years before had taken its toll on the whole family. That had been when Dolores had renounced the Christian faith she had been born into and chosen instead to embrace the seven principles of Spiritualism.
“I miss you.” Joe said.
“I know, nothing you think or feel is hidden from Spirit and I promise things will become clearer sooner than you think, but what you do with the knowledge you acquire is not for me to say.”
He swallowed hard as he splashed cold water on his face and neck.
Dolores was fading from view.
“Good night Joseph, sleep well.”
Then she was gone.