(This is the 25th Anniversay of "Murder, She Wrote" in print. The books started in 1989 with "Gin & Daggers" which introduced the popular character of George Sutherland into Jessica Fletcher's life. Evelyn Phillips made her debut in The Maine Mutiny, book 23 in the "Murder, She Wrote" series and has been a fixture in Cabot Cove ever since. There are now 41 books in print with two more waiting in the wings.)
As one of Jessica Fletcher's friends and favorite foils, I have had the privilege of working with Cabot Cove's most esteemed citizen many times (although sometimes I do have to chase her down for a comment). At our first encounter, she agreed to write an article for the newspaper about our local lobster industry to add color to an issue devoted to Cabot Cove's Lobsterfest, a big event celebrating the delicious crustacean that provides income for residents and draws tourists, the major contributor to our local economy.
I was a newbie to Cabot Cove although I came from Bangor, which is hardly the other side of the country. Still, in Maine, if you haven't lived in town your entire life, you are considered "from away." I think a lot of small towns are like that. Nevertheless, I buckled down to take publisher Matilda Watson's gossip rag and transform it into a real newspaper. My early efforts at giving folks news instead of pablum raised some hackles--"We only want happy stories"--as well as charges of "yellow journalism." Well, I'm not one to buckle under criticism, so I embraced the phrase and knitted myself a yellow scarf to announce my presence, and set about learning all I could about my new home.
That's why I love covering stories in Cabot Cove. There's always something exciting going on when Jessica Fletcher is around. And when there is, you'll find my write-up about it in the Gazette.
We have a special drawing for the last time this summer. It's part of Killer Characters' Cozy Days of Summer giveaway. One lucky commenter can win a certificate naming you or someone you designate an Honorary Citizen of Cabot Cove. Wish I could have gotten one of those when I arrived in town. Might have smoothed my path some. But I seem to be fitting in these days. Good luck!
SO WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NEWS? DO YOU READ A NEWSPAPER?