2019 had its ups and downs. We won’t mention politics, but here are a few of the book- and Swiss-shaped highlights and lowlights…
Best book moment: holding my first copy of Stolen Sister, published in March by the Bloodhound Books imprint Bombshell. It’s available in ebook, paperback and audio, and will be out next year in Czech. I was sent a Bombshell mug, too, which was best extra of the year.
Best book moment number two was the publication of Wedding Bells in Switzerland, the final novella in my Melinda Huber series set here on the banks of Lake Constance. As these are available as ebooks only, it wasn’t quite the same as holding a physical copy, but we still opened the bubbly for it. Of course.
Most put-off trip: That has to be my 2019 trip to the UK, which just didn’t happen… I think it was a combination of my own travel lethargy (I welcome any excuse not to go on a plane), and the Brexit effect. 2020. Promise.
Shoogliest train ride: Going down the Flumserberg in this train, which was the replacement for a cable car under revision. It gave a whole new meaning to ‘hold onto your hats, folks’ – but we got there!
Oldest ship spotted: the Hohentwiel, here pulling into Rorschach harbour at the eastern end of Lake Constance last summer. Now the only paddle steamer on the lake, she started touring in 1913.
Best writers’ meet-up: our pre-Christmas get-together in Zürich, with Cass Grafton, Alison Baillie, Louise Mangos and Christa Polkinhorn. As always, we had problems to discuss and suggestions to make – it’s so lovely to have others in the same situation to talk things over with. And drink prosecco with. And this time, we had mulled wine too…
Most environmentally-friendly purchase: my beeswax wraps, perfect for things like cheese, cold meat and sandwiches. I bought mine last June and since then, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve used clingfilm. Every little helps…
Favourite read of 2019: The Rumour by Lesley Kara, one of those books you literally can’t bear to put down – and that ending!
What will 2020 bring? I don’t know, but I’ll wish you all health and happiness, and a good start in the New Year, whatever you’re doing. We’re going into the roaring twenties again, so let’s roar.
All the best, and thank you for reading my blog!