by Shari Randall
I just finished the first book in my new Ice Cream Shop Mystery series and my editor loves it. Whew! That's the good news. The bad news? ROCKY ROAD TO RUIN won't be available until next summer. Still, I wanted to take you to the dream New England village where I've set it. Welcome to Penniman!
Penniman is a combination of some of my favorite places, places I've been, and places I'd like to go. There are several Connecticut towns that have the charm and history I wanted for my setting, but not all of them had every element I required so I had to "build" my own village.
I find it useful to make a Pinterest vision board where I keep photos of places that I've visited and actors I've cast in the roles of my characters. (A girl can dream!) You can find it on Pinterest @sharirandallwrites.
Just outside of town is Fairweather Farms, where my main character Riley Rhodes takes over as manager of the Udderly Delicious Ice Cream Shop. I haven't been able to find a photo that matches my vision of the ice cream shop where my characters work. Maybe it only exists in my imagination! I imagine a former farm shed that was painted purple when it was renovated into the shop. This one is close, but it needs a coat of paint.
Penniman has lots of gray stone walls - it is Connecticut, after all -- and the farm has fields of sunflowers.
The ice cream is luscious!
There's a Town Green with a war memorial
Riley's family home,
Did I mention the covered bridge?
What's your favorite setting for a mystery?