The 90s Club & the Clue
in the Old Album
By Eileen Haavik McIntire
Who would want to kill retired journalist BIll Myers? Bill's a nosy old buzzard at Whisperwood Retirement Village. Half the residents, his home health aide, a county commissioner, and his own daughter had a reason. Nancy and the 90s Club take on the challenge.
A Travelogue: Exploring Nova Scotia
After 2 ½ years of curtailed travel because of covid, my husband Rog and I just returned from a two-week road trip. High on my bucket list was Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, but we also made a stop in Auburn in the finger lakes region of New York, where Rog was born. He’d only lived in Auburn for maybe six months as a newborn, so this visit was whimsical.
We found Auburn to be a friendly and charming town where Harriet Tubman settled, maintained an underground railroad stop, and died. William Seward of Seward’s Folly fame—he negotiated the sale of Alaska to the U.S.—also lived in Auburn and his beautiful home is open to visitors. Just a few blocks from our hotel in downtown Auburn is a historic prison with high walls and towers surrounding three or four blocks.
We traveled from Auburn to the St. Lawrence Seaway and followed it across New York and onto the back roads of northern Vermont. We stopped at the Vermont Granite Museum in Barre and learned about how granite is mined and its many varieties and uses. Granite, they told me, is a hard igneous rock of quartz, orthoclase or microcline, and mica that has been used as a building material since ancient times. Marble is a much softer metamorphic rock formed when limestone is subjected to high pressure or heat.
We drove through thick, deep, and dark Maine forests, stopping to view Mt. Katahdin from an I-95 scenic bypass. This mountain is the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.
I had filled out the required ArriveCAN form online and had the necessary documents so our crossing into Canada took maybe thirty seconds.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a busy city. It rained hard all day after we arrived, but we are intrepid tourists, so we toured the Citadel under umbrellas, and then spent several hours in the Maritime Museum. This offered a fascinating exhibit on the sinking of the Titanic and other shipwrecks. Victims of the Titanic were brought to Halifax and buried in the Fairfax Cemetery there. Survivors were taken to New York City.
I have followed the famous Oak Island treasure hunt since I was a kid, so naturally, we had to drive by Oak Island as long as we were in Nova Scotia. We stopped at the causeway,
though, and stared at some digging equipment and the wooded island itself and left.
The hit of our trip for me was the stop at the information house and the Geology Museum at Parrsboro, a small town on the western shore of the Bay of Fundy. I didn’t know that the area is known for fossils and many different kinds of gems and minerals. I picked up a few interesting pebbles but, darn it, no gems. Best of all, I found a book in the museum store called Evidence from the Earth: Forensic Geology and Criminal Investigation by Raymond C. Murray. Check out the blog for more on this fascinating book.
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The Maryland Writers’ Association
Annual Conference: Oct. 15-16.
BWI Hilton, Baltimore
Workshops, Agents, Pitches, Networking
Featured Presenter: Maria V. Snyder
Oct. 1, 2022: Chocolate Town Book Festival, Hershey, PA.
Nov. 5, 2022: Carroll Co., MD, Farmers' Market and Author Showcase
Nov. 19, 2022: Presentation, Frederick Chapter, Maryland Writers' Assn
...and more to come as
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“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
~ Steven King
I love reading and writing mysteries. Here are two of my latest.
From Kirkus reviews -
“... fast-paced and multilayered thriller with well-developed characters and colorful settings.... An engaging tale for aficionados of psychological suspense.”
The House on
"“An engrossing tale of suspense, treachery, and bad choices made for good reasons…. Historical novel readers with special interest in a suspense story that embraces civil rights activism and gang activity will find The House on Hatemonger Hill hard to point down.” – Midwest Book Review