Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle

Author, blogger, and all-around great guy Geoff Le Pard ( has just published his first novel Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle.

It’s summer 1976 and hotter than Hades

Harry Spittle, nineteen, is home from university, aiming to earn some money to go on holiday and maybe get laid. He expects he will be bored rigid, but the appearance of an old family friend, Charlie Jepson, his psychopathic son, Claude, and predatory wife Monica changes that. As his parents’ marriage implodes, Harry’s problems mount; before he knows it he’s in debt up to his ears and dealing in drugs. Things go from bad to worse when he is stabbed. He needs money fast, but now his job is at risk, his sister is in trouble and he has discovered a family secret that could destroy all he holds dear. The only way out appears to require that Harry join forces with the local criminal mastermind. Can Harry survive to see out the summer? Can he save his family? Can he regain some credibility and self-respect? Most importantly, will he finally get laid?

Now I’ve been following Geoff’s blog for a while, and it rapidly becomes apparent when you read his depictions of his various adventures that he’s a born storyteller. Still, when Geoff posted the first few chapters of his novel on his blog a while back, I was even more impressed than I expected to be. There’s such cleverness to his fiction – I described it as containing numerous “zing” moments that made me turn pink and a variety of other colors! If you like that style of writing, I encourage you to click the book cover above to be taken to the Amazon page, where you can preview several sample chapters and judge for yourself. Please also note that the paperback is forthcoming if Kindle books aren’t your thing. It may also make you feel good to know that Geoff is donating the proceeds to his local youth charity, Streatham Youth and Community Trust.

I myself am really looking forward to reading the rest of Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, although alas, with my current overabundance of work, it may be Christmas before I get to it. So if you do decide to check it out, let me know what you thought – or better yet, leave a review and let everyone know what you thought :)

8 thoughts on “Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle

      1. TanGental

        Amazing; sell a couple of books and shoot up the charts! What an odd situation!. I still haven’t really worked out how to look at these sorts of statistics yet but I guess it will come with experience. Thanks everso for pointing me in this direction.

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  1. Norah

    Well done, Lori. I have just purchased my copy. Which reminds me – I must purchase yours too! Haven’t done much purchasing while I’ve been on holidays! :)


    1. lorilschafer Post author

      Oh, Norah! Norah, did you buy my book yesterday? Because if you did, you have no idea what you’ve done. Up until that point, I had made no sales in Australia. Even my free excerpts didn’t do overly well there, not like in the UK and Canada, where I got into the Top 100 Free in both Kindle stores. Norah, that one purchase bumped me to the #1 ranked spot in “Mental Illness” – and to #27 in “Memoirs.” I noticed it because I was surprised to see that I had made another sale in Australia following that first one. But no wonder – there’s a lot of visibility that comes with having that #1 spot! Plus now I’m listed as a Hot New Release, which brings additional visibility – it’s absolutely incredible! I know it sounds crazy to say that one sale could make that big of a difference, but it does – I’ve had a very similar (though not as amazing) experience in the UK, where I’ve actually sold more copies than in the U.S., and precisely because each individual sale allows me to rank higher in various categories there than I ever could in the larger market here.

      So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :-)

      And welcome back – hope your holidays were terrific! :)

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      1. Norah

        Wow! The ripple effect in action. Yes I did purchase your book. I don’t know if I was the first or the second, but I am amazed at the outcome of the purchase. And I am very happy for you. Congratulations. I’m sure this will be just the beginning of your success!!!! I am very chuffed to be a part of it.
        And as for the thank yous – you are very welcome! :)
        Holidays were/are fantastic! Still continuing! :)

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