|Hello all—I’m home again! And instead of looking out my window and seeing this—
I look at this—
Yeah, that view is a real hardship, right?
Five weeks away, with a week in England followed by Bucharest, then a river trip up the Danube, ending in Budapest, and a drive to Vienna, and a couple days in Monaco before returning to family in England and then home.
During which I saw history from the Mesolithic
To the Roman
(Lots of Roman)
pausing to visit the Belle Epoque
before descending into the Communist era’s art
and venturing into the modern(ish)
With fascinating places that mixed all the eras, styles, and purposes into a palimpsest of centuries
I also discovered a million ideas I’d never suspected. Among other things, that they’re big on honey there in Serbia and Romania…
I saw hives lined up along the river
and honey for sale—in shops, outdoor markets, along the roadside
Hive art appeared on buildings
and…in a tasting. (The yellowish pollen mix was okay, but that with toasted sesame was amazing!)
And in case you’re wondering, now that my feet are back on Californian soil, I’m about to wander around for some events. Such as MWA NorCal’s upcoming Mystery Week—where I’ll be—
Emceeing for Noir at the Bar
In conversation with Ellen Kirschman at the Belmont Library
And on the Santa Cruz panel
And on December 8, in Scottsdale with my good buddies Les Klinger and Dana Stabenow to celebrate Dana’s novel, Death of an Eye, and our new collection
It’s out in December—you can pre-order a signed copy from The Poisoned Pen, or from your local Indie bookshop, or Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
Thanks for following me on this amazing journey, and as we look towards the end of a largely chaotic and difficult year, may you be blessed with unexpected beauty waiting to be discovered, sometimes beneath your very feet.