Most of my Downward Dog Mystery series is set in the Seattle area, but in my fifth book (tentatively titled PreMeditated Murder) Kate and crew go on a road trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon, to solve...
Well, that's part of the mystery!
My love for Cannon Beach, however, is no secret. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit this past weekend and refamiliarize myself with the settings of the pivotal scenes in the novel. Please join me and my three-and-a-half-month-old German shepherd pup, Ana, on a virtual tour--complete with some teasers!
We stayed at the Hallmark resort (the building in the photo below). Our room had a cozy fireplace and overlooked Haystack Rock.
This was the view from our room: the gorgeous Haystack Rock. We didn't spend much time in the hotel, but when we did, Ana hung out on the deck, begging to go back outside.
Of course, we timed our activities so we could visit Haystack Rock at low tide and explore its famous marine gardens up close.
The city of Cannon Beach is colorful, quaint, and covered in flowers, even in late October.
Ana checked out the local dog stores, dreaming dreamy dreams of all of those treats. Of course, a dog supply store will be in the novel.
But to be honest, she really wanted to visit the local salt water taffy store. Can you blame her?
Eventually, we abandoned our touring to visit potential locations for a murder. This one looked promising.
Then again, wouldn't this be a great place to hide a body?
Perhaps Bella could lead Kate to the body by finding the deceased person's shoe.
Of course, not everything in the book will be about finding dead bodies. This courtyard, which will be reimagined, will be a key location in the mystery.
As will Whale Park.
Of course, no trip to Cannon Beach would be complete without a photo op in front of my favorite sailor. He may or may not make it into this book, but he was part of Murder Strikes a Pose. Anyone remember how?
The trip was way too busy, and it happened to be on the rainiest Cannon Beach weekend in the past two years. Now hubby and I have the perfect excuse to go back this summer. If you ever travel to the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend a trip to this gem of a city. If not, well, you can visit it in my next book!
PS--all three books in my Downward Dog mystery series are now available! Learn more at my author page. Thanks for reading!