"Let's have lunch tomorrow," said the email, but when Montbretia arrived at her friend's office he wasn't there.
"When did he leave?" Montbretia asked the receptionist.
"Monday," came the reply.
"No. I mean, when did he leave for lunch?"
"Monday," repeated the receptionist. "He left at lunchtime on Monday."
"But today's Wednesday," said Montbretia.
The receptionist's face softened with a look of amusement as she tried to sympathize with Montbretia's embarrassment. "A long lunch."
Montbretia searches for her friend, trying to find out where he is, why he left the office and his home, and how he sent a message 24 hours after he disappeared.
Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey books.
In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, including the How to Make a Noise series, the most widely ready series about synthesizer sound programming, and Made it in China, about entrepreneurs building businesses in China. He has also worked as a ghostwriter on a number of books.
Before turning full-time to writing, Simon worked as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.
He lives in London.
If you want to know more about Simon, his books, and what he's up to, then check out his website: simoncann.com