Today I was thinking about village names, as many cozy mysteries take place in quinessential English villages, so I thought I'd share some of the more amusing place names from the West Country of England, where I live.
1. Splatt. This is my personal favourite and I really want to be able to say I live there, just for the comic value.
2. Tiddleywink. There are actually two Tiddleywinks, one in Somerset and one in Wiltshire.
3. Temple Cloud. Doesn't that sound romantic?
4. Nempnett Thrubwell. It's fun to say
5. Tinker's Bubble. Also Somerset (seems like all the best ones are)
6, 7, 8. Velvet Bottom (Somerset), Happy Bottom (Dorset), and Jolly's Bottom (Cornwall).
9. Westward Ho! Yes, it actually does have an exclamation mark and facebook keeps deleting people who live there as it thinks they are being rude.
10. Mudford Sock. Also Somerset, and also very silly.
11. And finally, the rudest one: Shitterton (The signpost as you enter the village had to be replaced by a heavy boulder as the original kept getting stolen!)
My goodness what a year it's been! Here in the UK we went into lockdown almost exactly one year ago, and now in March 2021 my children have finally returned to school and I can return to work (writing that is).
So, I have shooed them out the door, with packed lunches and school uniform on that is now a size too small, and got straight back to my desk. I'm starting straight away on book four in The Cornish Witch Mysteries, and once again Morgana will have a murder to solve. There's a haunted book shop, a new friend, and a return of old friends too.
It's a struggle to get going again, but I've been 'thinking' about the book the entire time I couldn't actually go and write it, so I hope that will pay off somehow! I'll let you know...
Hello lovely readers. It's been a few months...
I intended to write a blog post every month but, well, it's 2020! The year which kind of battered us all.
But despite the pandemic and the massive upheavals going on both globally and personally (if you want to know more you can always join my private reader group: click here) I have written a story in my Cornish Witch Series, which you can find in the absolutely brilliant anthology Hexes and Holly. It contains stories by some of the very best paranormal mystery writers and I'm thrilled to be included. They are, of course, all seasonal; Christmas rapidly approaches!
So, with very best holiday wishes to you, until next month, Stella
I was recently re-reading one of my all time favourite murder mysteries, And then there were none, by Agatha Christie, and was amazed to find it just as intriguing as the very first time. I just can't get over how brilliantly written it is. Right from the opening chapter she is obfuscating the murderer and misleading the reader, but if you go back to it once you reach the end, all you can do is be astounded that you missed the clue that was presented in her careful wording.
After finishing the book, I downloaded the television drama that was available on Amazon video in 3 parts. I have noticed in previous versions that they changed the ending, and while there were some changes made, this one didn't shy away from the final death. I just wanted to take a moment, if you haven't read the book, to recommend it. It truly is murder mystery at it's best!
It's true, it's going... going...
Not quite gone yet. I'm going to leave it up on Amazon until the end of January 2020. After that it will only be available to my Reader Group (which you can join HERE if you missed out - the reader group also has access to a hidden web page on this site!) And, eventually, the book will be in the box set, but if you want it then you'd better grab it now. Murder Most Pumpkin
It's that quiet time of year between Christmas and New Year as I post this. Only, it's not quiet for me as I'm gearing up to the release of Book One in my Cornish Witch Mysteries.
Body at the Bakery took longer to write than I wanted, but I'm relieved it's finally done, it took three different editors to help me iron out the clues so that the twist at the end wasn't completely obvious! Though I'd love to know if you guessed the identity of the murderer?
Book Two (Killer at the Castle) is still a work in progress, but I'm even happier with this one. It feels to me as if Portmage is really coming to life.
Of course, those of you who are familiar with the Arthurian legends will know it's a fictional place, but based around the real Cornish village of Tintagel.
I've spent a lot of time in Tintagel, it's a wonderful area, and though the castle there doesn't really resemble the one in the books, it's definitely worth a visit. The bridge is pretty spectacular too. I'd enjoy any pictures you've taken if you ever go there, and will post them on my twitter page if you send them @britishcozy