On Saturday I had the distinct pleasure of reading from The Christmas Carol Murders at Lucy’s Books in Astoria, a fine independent bookstore. “Lucy” is actually Patti, and she made me welcome with this wonderful window display.
I arrived the afternoon before the reading in order to appear on local radio station KMUN to promote the reading and my book. I had a lovely time with host Carol Newman. During the broadcast I read a small piece I call “I am an Astorian,” to prove that I actually grew up in and around the area near where I created the fictional village of Dickens Junction.
I didn’t have far to travel once I arrived in Astoria, since I stayed at the Hotel Elliott across the street from Lucy’s. The hotel just happens to be the setting for the second Dickens Junction mystery, The Edwin Drood Murders, which will be published by Harrison Thurman Books in late summer 2013. (If you look closely at Lucy’s window display, you can see the reflection of the hotel’s beautiful neon sign).
My small but enthusiastic audience on Saturday was treated to hot cocoa, tea, and cookies by Patti, and we had a fun time talking about local sights and events, and even sold a few books.
I will be returning to Clatsop County later in November for appearances in Cannon Beach and Seaside, but this was my only Astoria appearance, at least for now. I hope many of you will stop by Lucy’s Books and order a copy (or two) of The Christmas Carol Murders from Patti and her wonderful staff. My protagonist/detective, Simon Alastair, is himself a bookstore owner, and he would highly approve.