Yesterday’s mission gathering intel for the sequel to Amanda Cadabra took me to the De Havilland Aircraft Museum in picturesque Hertfordshire.
There I was given a personal tour and help with my research by the resident expert and curator Alistair Hodgson who brought his formidable store of knowledge and experience to bear on the project. I had the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of a genuine Mosquito that saw service during the war years, and to get to know a little about the people surrounding the events that make an appearance in the new story.
The founder of the aircraft company, who became Sir, Geoffrey de Havilland was cousin to Hollywood film stars Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. His revolutionary design for the Mosquito aeroplane shown in the photograph was so top secret that even the British government was kept in the dark during development.
What does all of this have to do with Amanda Cadabra and her ally Tempest the cat, you ask? The answers to the murder and mystery of her present lie, as they so often do, in the past.
I could tell you more … but then …