Doing a little research in aid of Buttons and Bones this past Saturday, Ellen and I drove down to New Ulm, a placid little city on the shore of the Minnesota River about ninety miles from my home in the Twin Cities. New Ulm is very German, it was settled by Germans and they try to keep up the German atmosphere with such things as German restaurants, German gift shops, a beautiful museum built in German Renaissance style, and even a Glockenspiel.
And I was all excited to be in England in 1966 to mark the one thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Hastings during which William the Conqueror changed the course of English history b defeating King Harold. (There was a man in England who every year on the anniversary of the battle, put a notice in the obituary column of the London Times "In Memory of Harold, Last English King." I wonder if it still gets put in. Probably. Some people just can’t let go of things.)
I got a panel at Bouchercon! It’s called Retail Murder and it’s about sleuths who are small business owners or in some fashion connected with small businesses. I’m going to have to squeeze more time out somewhere to make sure I’m familiar with the books of my fellow panelists, moderator Maggie Sefton, Madelyn Alt, Juliet Blackwell, and Kate Collins.