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Sunday, June 14, 2015
Though I grew up in Bucks
County, where the golden retriever mysteries are set, I hadn’t been
back since I started writing the books. I had the chance this spring
to travel to Pennsylvania and I took advantage of that trip to spend
a couple of days in New Hope, drive around and take a lot of pictures.
There are a couple of
regular locations that show up in the mysteries, often based on real
places in my hometown of Yardley. One of those is the Continental
It’s at the corner of
Main and Ferry streets, by the only traffic light in town. I’ve
reconfigured it a bit as The Drunken Hessian, a reference to the
tipsy soldiers Washington took advantage of on December 26, 1776. I’d
forgotten that there are two stories on top of the bar—I wonder what
I can use them for in the future?
location is Gail Dukowski’s café on Main Street, the Chocolate Ear.
Gail is actually the first of the Stewart’s Crossing characters to
have come to me, in a (so-far) failed novel called More
Than Chocolate, which tells the story of how she returned
to Bucks County after a successful career as a pastry chef in
isn’t the building I’d initially used as a model for the café, but
it’s much more like the one that actually appears in the books. I
changed the name but Gail’s still there, along with the supporting
characters from her book who pop up now and then in the golden
retriever mysteries. Perhaps someday I’ll get around to revising that
In the books, the green
awning is the same, as well as the multi-paned glass windows, but
Gail has also put some white wrought-iron café tables and chairs
outside. Rochester needs to be able to go to the café, so he can meet
with characters and sniff out clues, but he can’t go inside. Another
reason why so many of the books take place in spring, summer and fall!
Finally, I was distressed
to discover that one of my favorite businesses, which I’ve referred
to in several books, had changed hands and changed names. When I was
growing up we often stopped at Gerenser’s Ice Cream on Main Street in
New Hope, where they were the first place I knew to come up with
exotic flavors of ice cream. One of my favorites was African Violet,
which I probably liked just because it was purple.
At least the new store
has a name that fits in with the punny theme of my books!
hope you enjoy your summer! If you haven’t read all six books in the series, they’re
fun, light reads. I hope to have Honest to Dog, number 7,
ready some time this fall. Already finished a first draft, but
there's still a lot to do to make it a great book.
The Continental Tavern
Main Street Pizza Parlor
A great house on Main Street in Yardley
This was once a bank, now a brewpub
A typical house in Yardley
The home of my childhood piano teacher-- model for