I cannot believe we are already in December? Where did the time go? I feel like it was only a few weeks ago that I was in Southwold at the beach and the sun was shining. Now, Cambridge has had a week of sub-zero temperatures, and we have been lighting fires and throwing blankets over ourselves to keep warm.
I remember it was a while back when I wrote A Christmas Mystery, Bk 4 of The Cambridge Murder Mysteries. I wanted to set something in Oxford, as I had lived there in Jericho while lecturing at the university. I had been so busy, but everytime I stepped out to get some fresh air, I would not have to go far to be surrounded in history and beauty, much like we have here in Cambridge.
My novel, A Christmas Mystery, is set in the heart of Oxford, near where I used to live. I remember all the streets, parks and colleges that inspired the novel.
If you like Oxbridge, and want to imagine you are there, then The Cambridge Murder Mysteries might just be the books for you.
If you do take a trip to Oxford, maybe take a walk out on Port Meadow and visit The Perch pub. It is such a dreamy place to walk to in the summer. You'll come across boats and cows and little bridges. It is more rugged than the manicured lawns of the colleges, but well worth a trip. If, on the other hand, you just have an hour to spare and find yourself in the centre needing a warm hot toddy, then The Randolph Hotel bar is another gem. You might just find yourself inspired to write while sitting back in an armchair. I know I did.
A Christmas Mystery is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo