A Murder To Die For

By Stevyn Colgan

A darkly comic farce about a murder at a murder mystery festival

Sunday, 29 November 2015

A gloriumptious day out

Four days into the crowdfunding campaign and we've hit 5%. That's pretty good going!

Today I was at a village fair in Great Missenden, helping out Mrs C who was running a stall. It's about a 10 minute drive from where I live and is one of those typical little South Buckinghamshire villages - all whitewash and timber frames, red brick and flint - that inspired my fictional village of Little Hogley. The weather was a bit crappy but I took a few photos to try to give you a flavour of the place.

Most famously, it was where the late great Roald Dahl lived for many years and he is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul's. Children lay toys on his grave to this day and his family, including granddaughter Sophie, still live in the village. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is on the High Street and is a wonderful place to visit with kids - my grandkids love it. I particularly like the Cafe Twit. Swizzgigglingly good cakes.

The parish boasts some small satellite hamlets with splendid names including Mobwell and a host of bottoms: Ballinger Bottom, Bryant's Bottom and Hotley Bottom among them. Hotley may well have been in mind when I came up with Hogley; that and the fact that my fictional county of South Herewardshire is famed for its pigs.

The rain and the wind and the cold didn't put me off enjoying the fair and it got very busy as the day wore on (my photos do it no justice at all).

A gloriumptious day out.


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