I recently finished reading a new (copyright 2014) mystery book, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, a Flavia de Luce novel (the sixth in a series) by author Alan Bradley.
It was a fun read; Mr. Bradley has a unique writing style that you can't help but like. Indeed, having finished this one, I am going to have to see about acquiring copies of his other novels in this series.
But what caught me unawares was a short paragraph in the second (of three) pages of Acknowledgements, mentioning one ...
David Appleton, of Appleton Studios, for his invaluable expert assistance in blazoning the de Luce coat of arms. The trails and footpaths of heraldry are littered with traps and pitfalls for the unwary, and it was comforting to have David along to illuminate so happily some of the darker corners.
Wow. I find myself at a loss for words. (Some of my closest friends will find that shocking, I know.) But, really, Mr. Bradley and I just corresponded by email a bit about heraldry and a blazon for an heraldic design he had in mind, and I did what I always try to do with such correspondence, which is to share my love of heraldry and answer the inquirer's questions to the best of my ability. So, as I say, Wow.
Thank you, Mr. Bradley, for your very kind words.
If you'd like to know more about The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, or are interested in obtaining a copy for yourself, hardcover, Kindle, and audio editions are available at amazon.com, and ebook versions are available at books.google.com/books?isbn=0345539699