Location Location Location

A homage to Shepherd’s Watch.

They say you’re not allowed to have a favorite. But I do. You’d think it was the first book, Along Comes a Wolfe because, well, it’s the first book. You may even think it’s the first book because it’s won awards or because my face is under the plastic bag on the cover (creepy I know). You may pick the third book, Wolfe in Shepherd’s Clothing, because it was the Wednesday of the series—the hump if you will. Or, you may pick the last one, Shepherd’s Call, because well, hell, we’ve been working on it for two years. But no. My favorite is the second book in our series. It’s Shepherd’s Watch and I adore it.

Shepherd’s Watch takes place at a lake in central Saskatchewan, a small town in Saskatchewan and a beach resort and cabin all in Saskatchewan. I rented a houseboat from Aurora Houseboats with a group of friends, floating up and down the Saskatchewan River from Nipawin to Tobin Lake. It was lovely.

Dave was at his cabin with his family which is near some of the locations. He pointed out that I was going to be on location for almost all of Shepherd’s Watch. Until that moment I hadn’t even considered the location of my houseboat adventure. I guess the fictional story and the real locations had a wider distance in my head than I realized—until now. That’s probably good as we are writing murder mysteries.

The inside scoop

Along the way I noted some of the action of Shepherd’s Watch. As a reader, building your own environment is part of the pleasure of reading. That’s one of the ways books are different than movies as a form of story telling. Books let you do the work. Movies do it for you. However, I thought it would be fun to take our readers on a loose visual tour of Shepherd’s Watch. Now without spoilers this post is lacking major details but when you do read Shepherd’s Watch you can see what Dave and I were picturing. If you have questions you know where to find us.

Let’s begin the tour

These roads are taken by Charlie and Tony, our main characters.

This bridge is significant to evidence.
Shores like this one are locations for unfortunate events.
There was something cool about writing a story and then going back to where the action occurred.
Fire Tower Road and the equipment that would have been used by a character years ago was key to part of the plot.
A view of the lake from the shore on a sunny day.
A chunk of forest Charlie and Tony wandered into… and then stuff happened.

David and I sitting by the fire with satisfied smiles knowing we pulled off another mystery in a great Saskatchewan location.

As always, thank you for reading lovelies.

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