Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weird stuff really happens down there




This appears to be coming in by IPHONE from Master Chef Meg Quilliam and her inn-keeping sister Quill, both of whom are usually in Hemlock Falls in Claudia Bishop's best-selling series. What's Meg doing in Savannah, Georgia? That's the stomping grounds for Brianna Winston-Beaufort of Claudia's alter ego (or is it the other way around?) Mary Stanton. Usually, Brianna's busy handling appeals for souls condemned to hell and she must be run off her feet with Angel's Verdict coming out this week!



From: Meg@hemlockfalls.com

To: Quill@hemlockfalls.com

Hey, Sis. I made it to Savannah okay. Georgia weather is fabulous, for February. Blue skies, fifty-two degrees, and I can SEE GREEN STUFF out the Hyatt window! I mean, how many inches of snow are piled up on the lip of the Falls at home? Two feet, minimum, right? Bleagh. We should think about moving. Old Savannah’s great. The whole village is composed of 26 town squares with gardens in the center, and amazing old homes surrounding the gardens. The Hyatt overlooks the Savannah River. All the little avenues on the bank are cobblestone.

The ALEWIFE’s opening is still on for tomorrow, despite the murder. They want gastro-pub? I’m giving them gastro-pub. As long as I can get fresh cabbage for the slaw and decent haddock for the Ale-Fry. There’s a food market about four blocks away. We’ll see.


From: Quill@hemlockfalls.com

To: Meg@hemlockfalls.com

WHAT MURDER?!

From: Meg@hemlockfalls.com

To: Quill@hemlockfalls.com

Okay. I’m not going to lose it, here. But what these people call cabbage is just…cabbage. No Silver Queen. No Savoy. But the Phelps is fresh. So I’ll deal with it. The haddock’s right from Newfoundland, according to the fishmonger, and he swears on his mother’s patootie that he’s got a live delivery that he’ll take to the ALEWIFE tomorrow morning on fresh ice . If he’s lyin’, he’s dyin’, as they say here. The police tape should be down by then, according to this incredibly hunky lieutentent named Hunter, but if it isn’t Heads Will Roll (that’s in addition to the real one they found in the Alewife kitchen! Ha ha!)

From: Quill@hemlockfalls.com

To: Meg@hemlockfalls.com

Police tape? Severed head? What?! What?!

From: Quill@hemlockfalls.com

To: Meg@hemlockfalls.com

Who’s dead? Whose HEAD? Are you okay? Meg? Are you there? What the heck’s going on?

From: Quill@hemlockfalls.com

To: Meg@hemlockfalls.com

The murder’s all over the internet and the newspapers. If I don’t get an answer RIGHT THIS MINUTE, I’m coming down. And I’m bringing Doreen.

From: Meg@hemlockfalls.com

To: Quill@hemlockfalls.com

Cool it, Sis. And for God’s sake, don’t bring Doreen. There’s enough hoorah already. Although the hoorah’s over. So’s the opening, since the murderer turned out to be the chief investor in the ALEWIFE gastro-pub, which is now closed, darn it, and the only people that got to try my fabulous slaw and even more fabulous sour dough battered fish was that hunky Hunter (the police lieutenant) and his girlfriend. They loved it.

You might want to come on down for a short vaca, though, maybe to paint Hunter’s lady. She’s---unusual. Taller than you. Slim. Masses of silver blonde hair and a haunted face. Very paintable. Her name’s very Southern. Brianna Winston-Beaufort.

And I think, somehow, she solved the murder, although how she did it, God knows. And He’s not telling.


Mary Stanton writes the popular Beaufort&Company series featuring Brianna Winston-Beaufort, a lawyer from Savannah whose job is to handle appeals cases for souls condemned to hell. Claudia Bishop, Mary’s alter ego, writes the best-selling Hemlock Falls series, starring Master Chef Meg Quilliam and her inn-keeping sister, Quill. Here's Mary with some friends at home on her farm in upstate New York and a peek at the cover of the latest Hemlock Falls mystery: Toast Mortem



10 comments:

  1. Despite the lack of cabbage varieties (and maybe a little murder), Savannah sounds lovely. Enjoy your time down there, Meg!

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  2. Welcome Meg and Bree! Savannah sure sounds good to me around now. I am glad you could join us on Killer Characters. Hope you enjoyed running into your fellow protagonists. What a happy coincidence!

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  3. I LOVE IT! It's too bad you couldn't hear me when I read the Dr. MacKenzie book where the vet's assistant met Bree (I think he still has a crush on her). Character tie-ins between series are one of my absolute favorite things. The only other writer I've seen that did it as obviously was Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters with Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody and if you knew how I felt about that author, you'd know that that is high praise INDEED.
    Shel

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    2. I know remember that chapter I was all like: "OMG Bree Beaufort makes a guest appearance. :D" Funny thing I knew a few Bree Beaufort fanboys before I even read Mary Stanton books myself.

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  4. It sounds you gals sure keep things hopping in both places! It's been fun to read about you in the series and I look forward to more happenings on this blog!

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  5. Welcome, Meg and Bree! A friend is moving to Savannah. I think I'll have to come visit!
    ~Avery

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  6. I love the premise of this series. What a fabulous idea!

    ~ Krista

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  7. Great post! Love seeing Savannah through Meg's eyes. And she sounds so calm about that murder!

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  8. I love Meg, Bree, Natalie, and Arianna Tumblr, Wattpad, and Quotev accounts are named after Bree Beaufort and Meg.

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