I’m so excited about Terrie’s new book, Murder, She Wrote Death on the Emerald Isle. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I invited her to the blog today. Read on to learn about the special relationship with Ulster that Terrie shared with Angela Lansbury.
I am so happy that Keenan Powell invited me to spend a few minutes here at Miss Demeanors to tell you about Jessica Fletcher’s latest adventure in book fifty-six of the Murder, She Wrote series: Murder, She Wrote Death on the Emerald Isle.
Several years ago I fulfilled a long held desire when I visited Ireland, the land of my ancestors, with my children and my grandchildren. It was not my first trip to Ireland but it quickly became my favorite because the grandchildren allowed me to see things through fresh eyes.
When the opportunity came for me to write a Murder, She Wrote book in which Jessica goes to visit Ireland, I remembered the younger grandchildren were captivated by the interactive displays at the Titanic Museum. What better place for Jessica Fletcher to attend a fancy reception?
Some of the older children were feeling especially grown up while they had tea and biscuits in a quaint tea room and then enjoyed the midday sun as they sat on the wall overlooking the beach at Ballycastle, a sweet town that sits on the northeastern most coastal tip of Ireland. From that peaceful spot we could see Rathlin Island and Fair Head, a headland that rises more than 600 feet out of the water and allows for stunning views. I knew it would be a grand site for Jessica to stop for a nice cuppa and perhaps take a short walk along the waterside.
Every single member of our family still talks about the perfect day we had when we visited the World Heritage Site known as Giant’s Causeway, tens of thousands of basalt columns caused by volcanic activity fifty or so million years ago. The columns line the Irish coast and jut out into the North Channel. The beauty and the mystery of Giant’s Causeway is enhanced by the legend that the Irish Giant Finn MacCool (Fionn Mac Cumhaill) built the Causeway to reach Scotland so that he could respond to Scottish Giant Benandonner’s challenge to a fight between the two. That particular story has several different endings, all of which includes one giant or the other tearing up many of the columns that connected Scotland and Ireland.
I know the communities sound lovely and quite inviting, but you might still be wondering, why it was exactly Jessica Fletcher visited this northeast corner of the island of Ireland in Murder, She Wrote Death on the Emerald Isle.
The practical answer is that Jessica has never visited any part of Ireland in the fifty-five books that precede this one. But perhaps all we need to know is that Angela Lansbury’s mother, Moyna Macgill, was born in Belfast.
Terrie Farley Moran is thrilled to be co-author, along with Jessica Fletcher, of the long running Murder, She Wrote series. Murder, She Wrote Killing in a Koi Pond and Murder, She Wrote Debonair in Death, Murder, She Wrote Killer on the Court and the recently released Murder, She Wrote Death on the Emerald Isle. Terrie has also written the beachside Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series, and is co-author of Laura Childs’ New Orleans scrapbooking mysteries. Her short stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly Magazine and numerous anthologies. Terrie is a recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards. Find her online at www.terriefarleymoran.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/terriefarleymoran/
To read an excerpt from Murder, She Wrote Death on the Emerald Isle, click here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/669194/murder-she-wrote-death-on-the-emerald-isle-by-jessica-fletcher-and-terrie-farley-moran/9780593333686/