Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hello from England!

By Penelope Parish
From Margaret Loudon's Open Book Series

Hi!  We haven’t met yet.  I’m Penelope Parish and I’ll be appearing in Peg Cochran’s (writing as Margaret Loudon) new series—The Open Book Mysteries.  The first book will be Murder in the Margins. 

I’ve written a Gothic novel, and much to my surprise, it hit the bestseller list!  Which is all fine and dandy, but now my publisher wants me to follow it up with another hit and I’m totally (and I mean totally) blocked. 

So…I’ve taken a writer in residence position at the Open Book bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England.   Everyone thinks that the English are just like us--which they are, sort of.  But they have their own ways of doing things and saying things I've learned.  Instead of a Main Street, they have the High Street; they prefer tea to coffee and have charming names for their favorite dishes like "bubble and squeak" and "bangers and mash."

But I'm managing to get along even though being American seems to be something of a curiosity in this small town where most of the residents have been born and raised.

The town is currently all agog because the red-headed Duke of Upper Chumley-on-Stoke has become engaged to an American romance novelist.  Horrors!

So when murder ensues, poor Charlotte Davenport becomes the first suspect.  And she begs me, a fellow American, to help her prove her innocence.  I’m going to do my best to be of service always assuming I don’t get myself killed first by driving down the wrong side of the street!

Have you traveled? What differences did you find?

Pre-order now and look for Murder in the Margins on October 27, 2020!

B & N


  1. We love to travel and in doing so have found great differences throughout the United States from foods ate to manner of speech.

    Can't wait to read more about Penelope in the pen Book Series!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. We have traveled,in the U.S. and Canada.
    We love watching 👀 the Mystery series And movies
    on subscription 📺tv. British and Australian are
    Tremendously fabulous shows husband and I enjoy.
    Look forward to your writing.
    Welcome 🌷