Monday, August 16, 2010

Please Come And Visit Stoneham

By William Everett

Goodness.  I don’t now how I got roped into writing a blog post.  I’m more accustomed to reading than writing, and with the advent of the Internet, and so few people actually putting pen to paper to correspond with me, I’m afraid I’ve let my letter-writing skills wither.  Still, one marches on.

Haven't got a clue logo My employer, Ms. Miles (who owns the Haven’t Got A Clue mystery bookstore) wondered if I might like to talk about the “good old days” here in Stoneham, New Hampshire.  I’m afraid those days were well before my time.  Back in the 1840s, Hiram Stone founded our little village and opened a quarry.  Stoneham prospered for thirty or forty years and then . . . sadly, hard times befell us.

Going-out-of-business For over twenty years, I owned a small grocery store in Stoneham, but most of my customers preferred the big chain store in Milford and I was forced to close.  Things were rather bleak for me about then, and then my wife became ill . . .  I won’t bore you with those sad details.

But nearly six years ago, the head of our Chamber of Commerce, Bob Kelly, recruited half a dozen used and antiquarian booksellers to relocate to the empty storefronts in Stoneham.  That was the beginning of the rebirth of our town.

My own “rebirth” (as it were) didn’t happen until Ms. Miles asked me to come work for her.  Not many store owners would give a chap in his 70s a chance to feel useful again.  And thanks to Ms. Miles, I became reacquainted with the lovely Grace Harris, who has since become my bride.  Things became a little hectic for us this summer . . . when I – oh, but I don’t want to go on too long.  Don’t want to be an old windbag.

C&H sm But if you’d like to find out about my good fortune.  It’s chronicled in a book.  A mystery, as a matter of fact.  It’s called Chapter & Hearse

Dear me, I’ve prattled on far too long. 

Cheerio for now.  I hope you’ll come and visit us at Haven’t Got a Clue!

16 comments:

  1. Hi Mr Everett, I would love to visit and have a nice chat with you about the good old days. I'm sure I'll learn alot about the history of Stoneham and what the future holds.

    I heard Angelica is having a book signing tour; I hope I don't miss it.

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  2. Can't wait to read of your good fortune.

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  3. William, you are a great employee. Ms. Miles, I'm sure, is thrilled to have you working for her.
    ~Avery

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  4. Mr. Everett, as one small business owner to another, I'm real sorry about your grocery store. But that Mr. Kelly deserves some sort of medal for thinking up such a clever way to revitalize your town.

    Thanks for sharing the story.

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  5. Hi Mr. Everett,
    You're one of my favorite people at Haven't Got a Clue. I can't wait to read more about you!

    Julie

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  6. Mr. Everett, I love spending time at Haven't Got A Clue, especially when you're there. You make the store feel even more homey and welcoming.

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  7. Oh, ladies, you're making me blush. I hope my bride doesn't know you're giving me all this attention.

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  8. Dear Mr. Everett,

    You are my favorite Stoneham resident. It was very clever indeed of Ms. Barrett to include you.

    Warm wishes,

    Denise

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  9. I've never been but now I want to go! I haven't heard of the book but now I want to check it out. I love the cover.

    Clarissa Draper from Listen To The Voices

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  10. Mr. Everett, you are such a favorite of mine. It was nice to read something directly from you. I'm about to start Chapter & Hearse and am looking forward to seeing you there.

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  11. Grace is very lucky to have such a charming gent as you.

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  12. William, I enjoy running into you every time I visit Haven't Got a Clue. You've found a place where you make an excellent contribution. On behalf of readers, thank you!
    I am looking forward to Chapter & Hearse!

    Charlotte.

    Charlotte Adams mysteries

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  13. I wish every bookseller had a charming man such as yourself, Mr. Everett!!! You are a delight and I am so happy that you and Grace are proving that love keeps a soul young! Cheers...can't wait to hear how you both are doing.
    Nanc

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  14. You sound like an asset to the store. Would love to come chit chat!

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  15. Hello Mr. Everett,
    It was nice of you to write a blog for us today.
    You are one of my favorite characters in Stoneham.
    I am currently reading Chapter and Hearse.
    I haven't gotten to the part about you.
    Now I really want to buckle down and get into this book.
    I hope you come by to visit us again.
    Annette

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  16. Dear Mr. Everett, you are my kind of guy!! I would love to have a chat and find out more about you and talk books.

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