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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!


Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium by Connie Berry


 

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.

Who remembers the 1969 movie starring Suzanne Pleshette, Ian McShane (Lovejoy) and loads of other famous actors, including a young Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances)? The story is about a British tour guide (McShane) who ushers a busload of American tourists around Europe—nine countries in eighteen days—and falls for one of them (Pleshette, naturally).

 

We watched it again last night. It wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, but what got me thinking about it is the month of March.

 


If it’s March, I should be in England.

 

We’ve been traveling to the UK twice a year—March and October—for a number of years. Last spring when COVID hit, we had to cancel our trip. Ditto October. This March as well.

 


My plan had been to do some research along the Suffolk coast, a main setting in my WIP. I’ve talked about this before. It’s not difficult to learn the history of a place, find interesting facts, and view photographs online; but there’s something about actually being there—smelling the sea, feeling the wind in your face, exploring seaside villages, tasting the food, meeting people, listening to their speech patterns, asking questions. You can’t get this from books. Or the internet. Fortunately, I have sources: a detective inspector in the Suffolk Constabulary; a practicing solicitor; an assistant priest in the Church of England; a contact in the Suffolk Coroner’s Court. This helps, but it doesn’t take the place of being there.

 


Since I can’t travel yet, I’ve been reminiscing with our photographs of previous trips. I thought I’d share some with you. We stayed in a restored fourteenth-century weaver’s cottage in Lavenham.

Lavenham, Suffolk, is a delightful village with a rich wool-trading history, a Grade I listed Guildhall (a building of national importance), a medieval house from 1390 on the main square, the picturesque Crooked House (once a tearoom, now for sale—at least it was as of this February), and several outstanding restaurants. 

 

Armchair travel isn’t travel, but it’s the best we have for now.


 



I can’t wait to board that big British Airways jet again. Until then I have my memories.

9 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

Maybe by October it will be safe enough to travel, Fingers crossed for you. I don't think we'll resume traveling until 2022, though.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Great armchair overview of Suffolk! Thanks for sharing.

Travel by fall? I just matched Global entry with my new passport.

Connie Berry said...

Thanks, Jim. Margaret, what a smart thing to do. We should get Global Entry, too, since we have time.

Grace Topping said...

Such a fun blog. Right after seeing that movie, I took one of those bus tours—7 countries in 22 days. It was quite an adventure.

Susan said...

Love the pictures. Love the UK. Hope you can resume travel soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for that 10 day quarantine to be lifted, and we especially want to go to Portsmouth. I, too, love Lavenham, but I haven't been there fro more than 10 years. Here's hoping!

Kait said...

Oh, you are whetting my travel appetite! Let’s all hope for fair skies and faraway places soon.

Shari Randall said...

Connie, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and that big British Airways jet. Those photos are great - I'm in love with the Crooked House! don't you think it would make a great writer's retreat? If the walls stay up, that is.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Connie,
Like you, I miss England. My husband and I used to visit often—staying a few days with friends who then lived in Tunbridge Wells, then taking off in our rented car to explore a small section of England each trip.