Melodie Muses On Fizzy Drinks

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
3 min readJul 15, 2022

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Image: Myriams-Fotos, Pixabay

The Accidental Spurrt by Walt Pilcher is light-hearted crime that “takes a pop at the fizzy drinks industry” (I didn’t make that up, that’s from the press release).

It has intrigue and crime, twists and turns, and a very likable hero who doesn’t want to be where he finds himself, but he can’t find a way to be elsewhere. And it’s largely set inside a fizzy drinks factory. That’s a first for me. I don’t recall ever reading another book from “inside the coke can”.

the most incredible gem dropped casually into the mix

And along the way, as the drama builds, the most incredible gem is dropped casually into the mix, and I simply have to know what’s behind it.

Book cover reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

The book includes reference to McGruff, a famous crime-fighting cartoon bloodhound named by a New Orleans Police officer who won a name-the-dog competition. The resulting advertising slogan was “Take a bite out of crime!”

So here was my question to Walt Pilcher:

I really want it to be true that McGruff is a famous crime-fighting cartoon bloodhound who “takes a…

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.