Lord Newry.

If you have read THE LONG WEEKEND you will know a bit about Sam and Scarlett as they are today and how they were before they met. But here is a story you have not yet heard. Sam has not yet met the beautiful, diminutive Scarlett. He is trying to make a living as a private detective. Every detective needs an office; Sam chooses the Lord Newry Hotel. Some mornings start out well……………..

The Long Weekendd

In the new ‘Sam and Scarlett’ mystery novel you will learn about Sam’s early experiences as a private detective.

But for now, here is a taste of Sam’s early life before THE LONG WEEKEND.


Francis Needham died young, at the age of thirty-six.

I’m not sure what he died of but they named a pub after him.

Come to think of it, I’m not sure if that’s accurate.

There is a good chance that they named the pub ‘The Lord Newry’ because it was built on the corner of Newry street and Brunswick street. Francis Jack Needham had been dead for a number of years when the pub was built and he lived and died on the other side of the world. But, in those days we were obsessed with all things British. The pub sits in a suburb named after another Brit; Lord Fitzroy, and from its front entrance…

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