Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Spring!

Finally, it’s spring here on South Bass Island.  I don’t know about where you live, but here in Lake Erie, three miles from the Ohio shore, that means things are bursting back to life.  And I don’t mean just the flowers.

South Bass and its one-and-only town, Put-in-Bay, are tourist destinations.  It’s one of the reasons I chose to open my B&B here.  Now with Lake Erie’s winter coating of ice gone and the weather turning pleasant again, the boaters and day-trippers are coming back to help us celebrate summer.

Fingers crossed that things go better than they did last summer when the Chamber of Commerce hosted a Bastille Day celebration (we’re always looking for an excuse to party here) and one of our locals was murdered.  He’d warned us.  He’d told us someone was out to get him.  Too bad we didn’t listen a little more closely.

The good news is that we finally did figure out who killed Richie, and while we were at it, we foiled a thief, too.

I’d say it was all in a day’s work, but it’s more like it’s all part of what happens when you belong to the League of Literary Ladies, the local book discussion group.  The first book we read was Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” and there was a murder at our local Chinese eatery, the Orient Express.  Then last summer when we were reading “A Tale of Two Cities” in honor of Bastille Day . . .well, I’ve told you what happened then.  It’s getting to be so that we’re afraid to choose our next read.

Not to worry.  We’ll come up with something.  I’ve already decided that this fall, I want our group to read Washington Irving’s famous, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  Now, I ask you, there’s no murder mystery we can stumble on that’s tied to that book, is there?

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