The Second of the Illustrations

In some ways, this illustration was the trickiest for Tina to execute, but wasn’t the one I was fussiest about (that comes next). At this point in the story the characters are attending a holiday “village” display competition. I spent some time with my friend, Adam, who has a very extensive Dickens Village collection (at one time topping 200 pieces). I told him that I wanted to go over the top, and shared some of the ideas I had. But after he explained to me to what lengths some people go to display their collections, I realized that perhaps I hadn’t gone over the top after all. I hope you’ll all like this part of the story, because it was one of my favorite parts to imagine when I was originally outlining the novel. Tina’s rendition of the Sunbonnet Sue Dickens Caroler was so delightful that I altered my original text to correspond with her more interesting wardrobe choices for the man and woman. The pub date for The Christmas Carol Murders is only seven weeks away…

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  1. As someone lucky enough to have already read this wonderful book, seeing these illustrations just adds to the experience. To have combined a contemporary murder mystery with the feeling of something written a century ago is … well, incredible. Long after reading my advance copy, the characters still linger in my mind. Hope the book flies off the shelves — or on whatever format people read it…

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