Location, location, location.

Polly Dent Loses Grip It’s the real estate mantra that means location is the best factor for gauging price. The problem with location in writing fiction is disbelief. Maple Gap, Colorado, a fictional town was the setting for Murder on the Ol’ Bunions and Hardy and LaTisha Barnhart’s long time home. But I had a hard time thinking that such a small, peaceful little town would suddenly have two, potentially three, deaths occur within a short span of time.

So after writing Murder on the Ol’ Bunions, I decided I needed to alter the location of my next story. Moving away from the fictional town of Maple Gap, Colorado, wasn’t too hard when I brought on board Hardy’s aging and very independent mother Matilda. Add to this the fact that she has experienced a stroke between books 1 and 2, and that she is very independent though realizes it is not wise for her to stay by herself, and Bridgeton Towers Assisted Living and Nursing became the setting for Polly Dent Loses Grip.

What really aided my decision to use a medical facility as setting was my stay at The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. During my daughter’s lengthy recuperation from surgery I was able to ask question nurses and further investigate the protocol of such facilities regarding the handling of prescription drugs and narcotics. I’m sure my questions led to some interesting discussions among the faculty!

It is my belief that setting, in itself, should act as a silent character in any story. Just as you can tell a southerner by their accent, you should be able to pinpoint a character by the way they talk and conduct themselves. Small town born and bred characters will act very differently than a native New Yorker. To develop a good story location isn’t everything, of course, but it is crucial that characters reflect the places where they were born and raised.

Polly Dent Loses Grip is a 2010 ACFW Carol Awards. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing and researching it.

Murder on the ‘ol Bunions
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Murder on the ‘ol Bunions (A Latisha Barnhart Mystery – Book 1)
By S. Dionne Moore
LaTisha Barnhart’s bunions tell her something’s afoot as she delves deeper into the murder of her former employer, Marion Peters. She’s burping Mark Hamm’s bad cooking to investigate his beef with Marion. . .getting her hair styled at a high falutin’ beauty parlor to see what has Regina Rogane in a snarl. . .playing self-appointed matchmaker between the local chief and a prime suspect. . .and thinking Payton O’Mahney’s music store lease might be the reason he’s singing a sour note when discussion of Marion’s murder arises. LaTisha’s just might use the reward money to get her bunions surgically removed, but she’s got to catch the crook first.
Polly Dent Loses Grip
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Polly Dent Loses Grip (A Latisha Barnhart Mystery – Book 2)
By S. Dionne Moore
While LaTisha Barnhart is helping her mother-in-law move into Bridgeton Towers Assisted Living and Nursing, Polly Dent loses grip on a facility treadmill and takes a fatal spill that’s ruled an accident. The residents’ gossip is revealing all kinds of motives for murder and LaTisha’s nose smells trouble simmering. Can she stay on her achin’ feet, and one step ahead of the villain, long enough to solve yet another crime?

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