I have actually managed to finish this story. Odds and ends are still open, but I can't deal with them until I do a judicial review. The book is longer than I thought it would be: over 78000 words. The reason is that there is quite a lot of romantic action between the two main characters in this story. I surprised myself by adding a romantic element intertwined with the crime-solving intention of the story. I am not a romantic dreamer at all, but I enjoyed writing about it and romance (with some surprises) will certainly be part of the next story. I'm not even sure if crime will play a leading role.
I might try my hand at some poems during October. To read them and older ones you will have to go to the 'Russian Doll Poetry' site.