Sunday, August 20, 2017

#ClockWinding in Orchard

by Nadia Wint from the Clock Shop Mystery series by Julianne Holmes

The folks in Orchard, Massachusetts aren't hard to impress regarding social media. Ruth Clagan--she's the owner of the Cog & Sprocket--is only a few years older than I am, but she's hopeless on social media. Correct that--she's hopeless doing it. As a subject, she's a natural. She has such passion for her clocks it is infectious. Her years of working with students makes her a natural at explaining what she is doing so that anyone can understand it. To top it all off, she looks good on camera.
It took a while to convince her to let me follow her around with a camera, but it's paid off. The countdown to the new clock tower being wound and working is on, and folks are excited! She's got a following. Not to pat myself on the back too much, but it doesn't help that I've been up nights editing footage. I may even use some of it for a class documentary next semester.
You know, when I first came to Orchard, it was because I was taking classes at Harris University, and I needed a job. I was purposely unengaged with my life, and determined not to care too much. This gig was just a job to help make ends meet. But then the Cog and Sprocket got under my skin, and I couldn't resist. I started to care. To care about the Reeds, to care about Ruth, to care whether she and Ben make a go of their relationship, to care about Jack Clark and his parents. Bezel and I bonded, and it was all over. I love my adopted town, and don't mind using my mad social media skills to let the world know.
The only person I can't stand is the town manager, Kim Gray. Unfortunately for her, I'm not the only one...

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Julianne Holmes writes the Clock Shop Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. The first in the series, the Agatha nominated Just Killing Time, debuted in October 2015. Clock and Dagger was released in August 2016, and Chime and Punishment was released earlier this month. As J.A. Hennrikus, her Theater Cop series will debut in the fall of 2017 with A Christmas Peril. She has short stories in three Level Best anthologies, Thin Ice, Dead Calm and Blood Moon. She is on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of MWA and Sisters in Crime New England. She blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Killer Characters. JHAuthors.com T:@JHAuthors I: @jahenn

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Friends, Ruth Clagan is a clockmaker, and the Clock Shop Mystery series is about timepieces. Do you have a clock in your life that means something? Let me know in the comments. On Tuesday, August 22 I will pick a name from the comments, and send them a copy of Chime and Punishment!

28 comments:

  1. My favorite time piece is my watch which features my favorite characters, Eyeore. My Eyeore watch has gone to Alaska and Hawaii with me and I wear it for casual as well as dressy occasions. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. I love cuckoo clocks. My sister got me one and then when she died I got hers and now I have my mother's. They are all unique and different.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. My father's clock he received when he retired means a great deal to me.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  4. I have an early 1900s mantel clock that received for my wedding. I have to occasionally wind it but I love it. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  5. When I was about six my Uncle Johnny sent me a cuckoo clock from Germany where he was stationed. It had a bluebird that did the cuckoo part and the clock was hand painted yellow. I still have it...it was such a big part of my childhood. Please enter me in the contest. Sounds great...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  6. We have several clocks in our home that mean a lot to us. We have a cuckoo clock that not only do we love how it looks and sounds but it also is kind of a symbol that we have achieved a measure of success. It's a clock we both had loved for years but was well outside our range of being able to buy. So when we were actually able to buy it without going in debt we had succeeded. We were then able to find an old standing cuckoo clock which are very rare. Another clock like that is the very old calendar clock that we bought just a couple years ago which is extra special because a clock maker friend of ours found it for us. Our music in motion clock is also very special because it was bought for us by the same clock maker friend as a house warming give when we moved into our new home earlier this year. As you can see, we love our clocks very much :)

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  7. I have a wonderful antique alarm clock that I got from my Grandfather. It is about 4" square, made of leather surrounding the clock-face, which is a light shade of gold. It is very masculine and classic, but unfortunately, it doesn't work, and I haven't been able to find anyone who can fix it -- :( bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  8. The clock I remember from my childhood was my great grandparent's but I don't know where it ended up. I remember really liking the sounds it made.
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  9. My favorite clock is an Atmos that runs on barometric pressure! It was my grandfather's, my father's, mine, and now belongs to my son.

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  10. When we lived in Europe 30+ years ago (US Air Force), one of the 'ideas' was, one would return to the States with either a new baby, a shrunk, or a grandfather clock. We didn't come home with any of that, but with an original oil painting. I really would have liked the clock also.
    As it is, our cell phones have become our clocks.

    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  11. I had always Loved my grandparents old grandfather clock. It's deep rich tones. Every summer when we visited, with a little pleading) they let me wind the "old Guy" as Gramps would call him. In 1971 they presented me with a smaller, two foot version that could be hung on the wall, made from cherry wood. It's tones are not as deep. Nor as loud. But sound wonderful. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  12. I have a wrist watch my husband bought me. It is beautiful. Unfortunately, I have gained weight and it no longer fits.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  13. I have the wall clock that chimes and has a key to wind it that my parents had in the house I grew up in. I remember my Dad winding the clock on Sunday mornings after breakfast. That clock really reminds me of my parents.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I have the wall clock that chimes and has a key to wind it that my parents had in the house I grew up in. I remember my Dad winding the clock on Sunday mornings after breakfast. That clock really reminds me of my parents.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I have a watch that was a gift from someone special to me. I don't wear it much anymore, but I still have it and don't plan to part with it. mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  16. I have a small table top clock that very close friends of our family gave me when I graduated from college. It's gone everywhere with me. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I have a Royal Albert Old Country Rose China plate clock on my fireplace mantle.

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  18. The clock which is very meaningful and special was in out kitchen when I was growing up. White, large and ideal for the wall space. Everyday I would admire it. Now I have that clock which I treasure. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. My parents bought me a watch when I was 18 which I loved. Luminous, secondhand, sturdy strap and face and attractive too. I still wear it as I have the same small wrists. I cherish it. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. My grandfather loved trains. My grandparents used to have a clock with trains on it that whistled on the hour. I used to love seeing that clock on their kitchen wall every time we came for a visit. It still hung there even after it stopped working.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. It's not a clock; it's a watch belonging to my great, great grandmother. She wore it on her sweater. When I was very young, she let me wear it around the house. I thought it was funny that it was upside down to others. What an exciting theme for a cozy! I'm very intrigued!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  22. I have two clocks that are special. I have one that my brother made when he was in high school and one my son made in high school

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  23. I used to have a grandfather clock that was given to my ex-husband. I loved that clock but wen we had our house fire it went up in flames. It never got replaced. So now my go to timepiece is my watch from my husband the band is made of hearts. Thank you for the chance.

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  24. My mother has the loveliest wall clock. When I visit it does take some getting used to. It dongs very loudly each half hour and on the hour- ALL NIGHT too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. My father collects clocks. I love seeing his face when we find a new and unique one. cheers at MarjimManor dot com

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  26. I have several clocks that have memories to me but the one I hold near and dear is a Grandfather's clock that was built by my Father for me. He made five Grandfather clocks, one for each of his three children and two for himself. I also have a Grandfather's clock that has been passed down on my paternal side of the family. It is well over 200 years old. Clocks are amazing items to use as a family heirloom and especially for a special occasion. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. My grandmother had a neat clock with a windmill that spun around That I always loved. My aunt got it after Grandma passed away and now her daughter, my cousin, has it. I've never seen another one like it and am jealous I don't own t!

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  28. I remember the Seth Thomas mantle clock that had such beautiful chimes on my great-aunt's shelf. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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