Friday, September 27, 2013

"And the seasons, they go round and round"

By Erin Murphy from Death al Dente, first in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, by Leslie Budewitz

And suddenly, it’s quiet in the Village. The families with children who summer here have gone home, taking with them so much of the buzz and chatter that fills the air. Town still has its own children, of course, and many visitors love Jewel Bay in September, when the skies are still blue, the hills are still green, and you can come downtown and find a parking spot on the first try.

My first summer in Jewel Bay since I was a kid was a great success in some ways, but brought with it much sadness. So I’m looking forward to September, with its gentle breezes, warm days, cooling nights, and changing colors.

Here are a few of my favorite Jewel Bay colors:
Autumn Joy sedum over Autumn the cat's grave

the view east 
A last stray clematis bloom
the bridge into the Village

What are your favorite colors of the season? 

Name the song that the title of this post comes from to be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of Death al Dente ! (And no fair using Google! Please include your email address so Leslie can contact you.)

Thanks to all who helped make Death al Dente, published this past August, a national bestseller! The Food Lovers' Village Mysteries are set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park, near the village where 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, 2011). Visit her at and, and now, at


  1. I love the golden, misty light of evening at this time of year.

  2. Wonderful post. This is also my favorite time of year in My little tourist town, so I can identify with Erin ;)

    I think the song is called 'Carousel'? or Carousel of Time? :D I designed lights to a dance piece for it once, many moons ago...

  3. The song is called Circle Game. I think.

    I love the deep orangey reds of fall.

  4. Ah, Joni Mitchell Circle Game.

  5. Janet and Libby are right! Janet, the Google clock shows you commented first, so send me your land address at leslie at lawandfiction dot com, by the end of this weekend, for your copy of Death al Dente.

    1. Boohoo Do I have to be a polite loser? Ah well

  6. Love the pictures. The book looks good to.

  7. Thanks, Anon! Come visit Jewel Bay -- on the page!

  8. Lovely pictures, I do love the coloring leaves on trees, but this year, it is only just beginning now.