Hello all! I am delighted to have author Duffy Brown taking over the blog for today. Read on and be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win a Wedding and Foul Play tote!
Two Dames on a Mystery Train
Duffy Brown here. I am a cozy mystery author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries set on Mackinac Island.
One of the best parts of writing is chatting with readers. Tonya Kappes—and amazing cozy mystery author–and I have taken this to a whole new level. For the last six years Tony and I plus seventy-five of our readers have taken part in a mystery weekend that includes a mystery train.
You’ve seen them advertised as dinner mystery train rides or wine-tasting and murder, or who-dun-it and dinner. Each year we choose a different location. We’ve been to Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois. This gives Tonya and me a chance to meet with readers from different parts of the country.
Once we did Two Dames on a Mystery Cruise. We boarded an honest-to-goodness paddle-wheeler for a day-long mystery trip. We all took part in discovering the killer. I brought along Sherlock Bear. No weekend is complete without Sherlock.
Some mystery trains have included stops at old cemeteries and night hayrides under a full moon. We did a roaring twenties mystery party of our very own. We took over the hotel lobby, dressed in costume, assumed characters and followed clues to the killer.
We’ve gone on haunted tours. Mixing mystery with a little ghost hunting is always a good idea. A welcome pizza party gives everyone a chance to meet up with old friends and find new ones. A nightcap of wine and dessert is the perfect way to end the day.
This year’s Two Dames event was headed for Bardstown, Kentucky. Not only did we have the Old Kentucky Mystery Dinner train booked, but there were tours through some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries and My Old Kentucky Home. This included lessons on making fine Southern biscuits. With a little luck, Tonya and I hope to reschedule in 2021.
Tonya and I are best of friends and love nothing more than meeting up with our reader friends. If you get a chance, come play with us at a Two Dames on a Mystery Train weekend. Stay tuned, there is bound to be a Two Dames event in your neck of the woods.
Visit Duffy Brown at http://www.duffybrown.com to learn about Wedding Day and Foul Play – the latest book in the Consignment Shop Mystery series.