I haven’t been here for a long time – not since 2018! Balancing teaching, writing and social commitments always keeps me busy but especially so last year.
In September 2019 I travelled to London for the wedding of my niece. Here I am at Scotland Yard. (The wedding was held elsewhere!)
I also visited Tooting while I was in London; my latest book due out this year is called Tooting Moon.
After London I flew to Sicily to practise my Italian skills. My clumsy attempts at speaking Italian were met with kindness and patience by the Sicilians. Such lovely people.
With my friends Judy and Ian from Melbourne I visited many wonderful places in Sicily. Below is a picture of me in the exquisite public garden of Taormina. English noblewoman Florence Trevelyan, who was apparently banished from Britain in the 1880s for having an affair with Prince Edward VII (eldest son of Queen Victoria), established the garden. It is situated on a terrace overlooking the sea with views of Mt. Etna and featuring extraordinary Victorian follies and luxuriant shrubs and trees. More about my overseas trip HERE.
I’m back in Melbourne now so I've popped into the blog to at last share my most recent experience with Whisper My Secret: a book tour to Swan Hill in northwest Victoria in December 2019.
Melbourne to Swan Hill is a drive of just over 3.5 hours which gave me the opportunity to listen to the audio edition of Whisper My Secret. I had listened to some of it before but this was the first time I’d listened to the complete book. The narration by Cat Gould is fabulous. She really brings the 'characters' to life.
Once in Swan Hill I was warmly welcomed by members of the local book club in the dining room at Burrabliss Luxury Bed and Breakfast where I was staying as a guest of the hosts, Tricia and Bruce Pollard. I enjoyed an enormously stimulating evening with good food, excellent wine and thoughtful discussion.
Lillian Altman's article about my visit in The Swan Hill Guardian created local interest which led to an equalling stimulating evening the following night at Swan Hill Regional Library where Libraries Manager Camille Cullinan had invited me to talk about Whisper My Secret. When discussion spilled over to my murder mystery series, I was only too happy to spread the word about the Dusty Kent Murder Mysteries!
JB ...Until next time.
Photograph credits: John Sage (Scotland Yard) and Ian Wilson (Taormina).
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