Thursday, December 27, 2012

A city girl dreams of the country



by Erin Murphy
- from Death al Dente, Book One of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, by Leslie Budewitz, coming in August 2013


Christmas is over, but I’m still basking in the glow, even as I head back to Seattle to work. A whole week at the orchard homestead, the place my Murphy great-grandparents settled ages ago! My mother still lives in the house my grandparents built in the 1950s–my father grew up there, and so did my sister, brother, and I. My nephew and I built a snowman in the orchard. My brother Nick and I trekked far and wide on snowshoes -- and took this darling picture of a young doe's hoof. In the Village, boughs and strings of lights hung from every business, and trees decorated with red bows dot the town, the fences, even the historic one-lane bridge! The Village Christmas tree may not be the tallest in the world, but I love the way it guards the town all year round – and with all those white lights, it really shines this time of year.

Back at the house, my mother made all my favorite Italian dishes–spaghetti bolognese, linguine with clams, and the very best lasagne in the world. And half a dozen varieties of biscotti–with almonds, pistachios, or cashews, golden raisins, or chocolate. Dunk them in coffee or Frangelico – mama mia! And on Christmas Day, my mother makes her mother’s panettone. To die for!

But I love Christmas time in the city, too. Concerts and performances galore, for lovers of every kind of music. Dazzling shop windows. Street corner musicians who make you smile all day. Even the SavClub office party is fun–I know, office parties can be dull, and I’m not always crazy about my co-workers, but people all around the country count on us for great holiday food and drink, so you know we get to enjoy it all ourselves, too!

What about you? City mouse or country? 

(Death al Dente, the first book in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, debuts from Berkley Prime Crime in summer 2013. The series is set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park. Guess where my author, Leslie Budewitz, lives! Leslie is also a lawyer and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books). Visit Law & Fiction, her website and blog.) 

14 comments:

  1. I'm definitely a city mouse. Love looking at the decorated office buildings and listening to the music that you hear on every corner.

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  2. I grew up in the city, but now live more on the country. Like the open space of the country.

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  3. I like not having to drive to take care of errands in town but I do like the country a lot too. So nice and quiet there!

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  4. I love the country. Too much action in the city for me. By the way I think my husband would just love your mother. He loves Italian food.

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  5. I live in a town of 12,000 people but grew up on a farm. So there's a bit of city and a bit of country in me and in a town this size, going to the country is a short drive away.

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  6. I am a small town country girl through and through. I get very anxious in large crowds so big cities make me a bit queasy (although Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas is gorgeous)so the quaint charm of small towns is my comfort zone. There is just something about the country that whispers "you're home" to me, especially at Christmas. Happy Holidays everyone!

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  7. I love New York at Christmas! But there's no place like home . . .

    ~ Krista

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  8. Oh, I love hearing what you love and why! Isn't it fun to see the contrasts between city and country -- and to know whichever one we prefer, we can always drop in to another world for a few hours just by opening a book?

    Looking forward to more visits with all of you in the new year!

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  9. I'm a country mouse who has lived in cities. I did enjoy it, but glad to get back to a quieter life.

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  10. Country. I will take nature and beauty over soot,dirt, crowds and mean people any day! I was fortunate to move to the country outside Santa Barbara which is heaven. I cannot stand to be in big cities , they seem so impersonal and people are cold - self involved. In country living everyone cares for their neighbors and build a nice community.

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  11. I live in the city, but I do love all things nature, except insects and bugs and spiders.

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  12. Lexie, my author loves country and small town life for just exactly the reasons you do -- but she also says, she's met some of the nicest people in cities! City folk tend to be more guarded and don't speak or acknowledge others they see on the sidewalk, like we do in small towns, but when there's a reason to come out of their shells, the city mice are just as nice!

    Wishing you a wonderful new year, where ever you celebrate!

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  13. I am now both I think. I grew up in the city but moved to the middle of no where for my husband. I am liking it here too :) love the feel of small town

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