The research I undertook for this standalone novel had a different starting point to that for the Dance Quartet and May Keaps series. I had gathered a lot of material on shell-shock for a previous writing project and so one of the major themes of the book was already scoped and had flesh on the bones. What seemed to take forever to get to grips with was to what degree I needed to be conversant with the birth and emergence of psychoanalysis. But threading in and out of the grim subject of damaged minds and keeping me sane was my reading on beekeeping and roses and herbal remedies, Gypsy lore and village grocers’ shops. The topics I’ll be touching on here are equally eclectic.