Special Guest: Viv Barton
Deadly Southern Charm
By Mollie Cox Bryan
Hi, I'm new around here. My name is Viv Barton and I've just moved to Victoria Town, Virginia, where my Aunt Libby runs a B & B in a beautiful old Victorian house, which this town is full of, but the B & B is one of the biggest homes in town. I moved here to help her out while I'm looking for work as a computer game designer.
I love my aunt's house--the B & B, but I'm not fond of Victorian things. Necessarily. The whole town has been almost perfectly preserved. Several streets are closed off to through traffic to keep the integrity of the homes and business, along with gardens and the cobblestone streets. For me, that's one of the best things about it's a great place to walk and run.
We have several huge Victorian-themed festivals every year. Aunt Libby loves the Christmas Victorian Days. Mine is the Victorian All Hallow's Eve Costume Ball. I love all things dark and gothic. My favorite place here is the amazing cemetery, full of ornate iron gates and fences, along with fascinating tombstones, perched on gorgeous grounds.
As I may have mentioned before, I'm not thrilled with the other Victorian stuff--a bit too frilly and fru-fru for me. Some of the business are "Feathers & Ruffles: Fans and Parasols shop," and "Elizabeth’s Custom Corsets." So you can imagine how I excited I was to see one of the few shops I like was hiring. "Mourning Arts" is full of cool stuff the mourning jewelry and clothing. I collect mourning jewelry. So this is right up my alley.
I was thrilled to get the job and the schedule is going to work out well with my duties at the B & B. I'm so excited about starting tomorrow that I'm having a hard time sleeping. Does that ever happen to you?
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. Mourning Glory is the first short mystery story she's ever published. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.