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Coming Soon: New Title in the Kaye Eliot Mystery Series

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Every afternoon, I spend some time working on reviewing/revising the proof of my new mystery in the Kaye Eliot Series. I have a cozy spot to work, in my big reading chair in front of the fireplace. Not hard to take a fanciful flight to Nova Scotia where the mystery unfolds.

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The new book focuses on stones of various types and the part they play in our history: gemstones, millstones, standing stones, building stones. It may take a while for readers to understand the title of the book: Land Between the Furrows.

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In each book, I include three illustrations. Here is one of the three: an old grist mill and its grind stones figure in the mystery. This drawing will be the basis for the painting featured on the book’s cover.

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In this book, Kaye finds a stack of very old postcards that tell the story of a missing stone. Kaye welcomes the chance to solve a puzzle with her kids but some of the visitors to the community make their sleuthing a little dangerous. Then the family discovers the ruin of an old stone house on an unexplored part of their property and finding the missing stone may be only part of their venture into history.

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Land Between the Furrows is planned for release on March 15, 2021. A perfect cozy mystery to enjoy during these long winter afternoons.

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All my best!

Jane

sailboats and tall ships 7-19

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tall ships in harbour at Charlestown (image from Street View)

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map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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My trip on the 19th day of my virtual journey through Cornwall took me along the Porthpean Beach Road.  The houses along the road came in many architectural styles.  One, a stone house, made a charming roofline over the hedges around it …

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stone house with hedges and vined walls (image from Street View)

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Others were like stone fortresses, with walls and gates and history …

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walled house on Porthpean Beach Road (image from Street View)

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My favorite house, of white-washed stone, was in Porthpean, with the ocean in sight …

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house with a green door, in Porthpean (image from Street View)

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Best View: sailboats in dock at Porthpean Beach … I did two versions of this.  #1 is my favorite, but I painted the scene too literally and made the masts of the boats curved (as they appear in the Street View camera lens)!  I corrected this in #2, but I don’t like the colors as well …

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August 5, 2013 'Porthpean Beach #1'  Jane Tims

August 5, 2013 ‘Porthpean Beach #1’ Jane Tims

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August 7, 2013  'Porthpean Beach #2'   Jane Tims

August 7, 2013 ‘Porthpean Beach #2’ Jane Tims

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Copyright 2013  Jane Tims

water and stone 7-13

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treed archway over road near Lansallos (image from Street View)

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map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)

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After seeing hidden doors and arched roadways, I am on the lookout for other evidence of enchantment on my Cornwall journey.  So, when the road dipped into one of those treed valleys …

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treed archway near Lansallos (image from Street View)

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I was not surprised to see an unexpected stone stairway …

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unexpected stairway (image from Street View)

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and a roadside fountain …

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water ‘fountain’ in roadway west of Lansallos (image from Street View)

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I think this is a way of making the water in a hillside stream more accessible, but it made me think of the magical associations of woodland pools …

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July 25, 2013 ‘reflection’ Jane Tims

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Best View:  a stone house near Lansallos … pen and watercolor …

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July 22, 2013 ‘stone house near Lansallos’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

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