from: Tied Up with a Bow
series: The County Cork Mysteries
by: Sheila Connolly
Every time I think I’ve figured out this running an Irish pub thing, something changes. Or maybe I was just too busy to notice this last year, because I was trying to learn everything at once.
So what’s new now? It’s the beginning of December, and the village of Leap, in County Cork, is putting up some kind of Christmas decorations. Not just tidy little strings of lights, or trees with ornaments, but something much bigger. It’s a thing (in fact, since somebody started putting it together, I’ve been calling it The Thing) that I can’t identify, and it’s right across the street from the pub. It’s not finished yet.
That got me thinking. Do other people know what it is, or will be when the guys building it get finished? So I decided to have a sort of raffle or contest, and let people pay a euro for an entry slip and try to guess what it’s supposed to be, before it’s unveiled on Sunday. Since now it’s winter, most of the farmers around Leap will have a little more free time on their hands (because the cows will be in their barns for the winter), and I figure it will bring some extra people into the pub, especially since it’s not expensive to enter. I’ll offer a pint, or even a round of pints, to the winner, and the cash from the entries will go to some worthy cause, although I’m not sure what yet. But, hey, this is supposed to be fun.
So Sunday, when church lets out, the builders will peel off what’s covering The Thing, and the winner will be whoever makes the best guess, and the Christmas season will be started. And I’ll bet that there will be a surprise or two.
Maura and The Thing will be appearing in my new novella (in e-book format), Tied Up with a Bow (from Beyond the Page Publishing), by the end of November. But if you want something in print, I’m happy to offer a copy of Cruel Winter, where Maura and her friends get snowed in at the pub and end up solving an old crime.
SEASON’S READINGS GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment here to enter a drawing for a free copy of Cruel Winter (and please leave your email address). What do you think The Thing will be? Hint: it’s about 20 feet high! Reply by November 28th.