Place is always at the heart of a cozy mystery. Whether it’s a neighborhood, a city, village or a wealthy estate, a farm, a hospital, a theater or an old church, the world of the book is another very special character in the book.
In the Alex and Ms. Mulholland series, the place is the Green Mountains of Vermont, but more particularly, the village of Shrubsbury in the Northeast Kingdom, and even more especially a regional history museum housed in an old school, the Old Shrubsbury School Museum, all of it based on the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, Vermont, where I worked not that many years ago.
I can go there and take pictures; I can go there and remember what a day felt like and who else was there and what they might have been capable of in a world where what happens hinges on murder.
Alex was 12-years-old and Tasha Mulholland was 66 when they first set out to solve mysteries in Shrubsbury, Vermont. As it turned out, the age difference has been both an advantage and a disadvantage for friendship and detective work. They fly under the radar, of course, but they’re not always given the respect they deserve, and Alex has a bed time he has to observe.
They’re both growing older and as they mature, their relationship will change. I, for one, look forward to seeing just how.