Edith will give away a copy of Murder Most Fowl (US only) to one commenter here today!
Even though spring brings a lot of work on a small organic farm, I always make time to go to Town Meeting in my little village of Westbury, which is nestled in the northeast corner of Massachusetts.
If you're not from New England, you might not know about this form of government, but it's been going on since the Puritans first hit the Northeast shores. Of course, then it was only the white male landowners who governed the town's business, but now it's any registered voter. The town elects three selectmen (men or women), as well as a Finance Committee and a School Committee, but any matter costing more than some set amount of money must be voted on by a certain percentage of the town's voters.
But because all the residents of the town have a chance to voice their opinion, the meeting can go on for a long, long time. Edith's latest tale of my encounters with crime in Westbury, Murder Most Fowl, opens at a day-long Saturday town meeting on the first nice Saturday of March. Here's a short passage from that scene:
|An town hall much like Westbury's|
Maxwell is Vice-President of Sisters in Crime New England and Clerk of Amesbury Friends Meeting. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.