July 24, 2013

LOCATION-SCOUTING FOR MY NEXT THRILLER




Recently got back from a work-related Summer break in the UK – specifically, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lakes (Grasmere, above) and the Peak District … for further research on the next in my Alice Myers series of murder/mystery thrillers (See Retribution, sidebar right!). 

Here, then, are a few images from the trip and possible locations for, err, dastardly deeds:

Firstly, the Yorkshire Dales:

Might a corpse be found lying somewhere in the grounds of Fountains Abbey: 

Southwest of Ripon, North Yorkshire, near the village of Aldfield, Fountains Abbey 
is Britain's largest monastic ruin and most complete Cistercian abbey. 
And World Heritage site!

or: Bolton Abbey:



An estate in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, which takes its name from the ruined 12th-century Augustinian monastery now generally known as Bolton Priory. It is adjacent to the village of Bolton Abbey. 

Or, perish the thought, within York Minster itself (the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe)  ... MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL?



Or at sinister Malham Cove:






More possible locations for thriller action:

Buttertubs Pass - err! Look away now those with vertigo ... 


Hello, still with us? OK now? Maybe better stick with some trails in Swaledale (below)! 





Onwards and upwards! Next: Cumbria and The Lakes:



Grasmere:



and Dove Cottage on the edge of Grasmere, home of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister
























And Hill Top Farm, near Ambleside, home of Beatrix Potter (author of Peter Rabbit books):

Lastly, Derbyshire and the Peak District:
Could there be a murder victim within Chatsworth, on the estate of the Duke of Devonshire (below)?

Or maybe on one of these trails:

leading to Frogetts Edge - Help! Get me outta here!














As you can imagine, we kept our ears to the ground throughout the trip ...


... which was filled with glorious sunshine - not an umbrella in sight!


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Enjoy!

NORA 

33 comments:

Pondside said...

This is a hard one! The Peak District - gorgeously mysterious and rugged might get my vote....but why not the Yorkshire Wolds? There are some pretty spooking old places there too!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

OMG!!! How Majestic!!! And how very Gothic!!! What a grand trip. I would love to go to that Abby. It gave me chills, just looking at it. I'm so happy you got to go on a trip like that.
Sorry it took me a day to get back to you. My grandson is home visiting from the Navy. He has been spending all his time with family.
Your pictures are wonderful and I so enjoyed this post.
Hugs Dearest,
XXOO Marie

Erika said...

You know, it looks like you could stuff body parts down that crevice at Froggetts Edge.

Jeanne Pursell said...

Oh my! These are all just amazing views!! Very difficult to pick just one fave! Hope you both are doing well! Xo Jeanne, Chloe and Ladybug

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nora and Lola,

Amazing photographs of your trip and looks like you could get much inspiration here for your new book.
Good luck and hope all is well with you both.
hugs and wishing you a great week
Carolyn

Nicola Carpenter said...

Gorgeous pictures.

Herding Cats

Don Wood said...

Great piccies Have a great Ruby Tuesday

Jeanne Baney said...

We are on our summer break...Ohio is much cooler than Florida! Love the Abby ruins. A perfect place to find a corpse swinging from the rafters. Perhaps a corpse partially picked clean with a few bloody beaked buzzards hanging about. Not quite the mellow yellow fare but very interesting indeed.

Jenny said...

In Dove Cottage.

With a candlestick.

By the butler!

ha!

This post was just a jewel.

Thank you for linking.

A+

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wonderful series of glorious countryside views. So love all that rolling green.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I'm ready to read your novel-to-be! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your creative mind. :-)
Don't Be a Hippie

Ralph said...

This is what the usual American (like me :) thinks of the highlands of the UK - stout hills, lot of green, castles and deep lakes. In short, a wonderful and classic look that we in suburbia rarely see in person. There could be lots of plot twists for the writer who spent a lot of time here...nice to see you back!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

How fun! My summer break was Yellowstone with my family.

It was wonderful...

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful scenery!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Any of those would be a creepy place for corpse hunting...
Those skies are gorgeous! And Beatrix Potter's home looks like the perfect place for a sweet bunny family to reside!

lissa said...

all the places looks thrilling! they're definitely adds to any story.

hope you have a sweet day.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Absolutely stunning photographs!
Thanks for visiting my artwork! Glad that you enjoyed photos of my mingling painting, "Bicycle Racer."

Monica said...

Beautiful photos! We lived in England for 4 years - I miss that scenery!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Excellent photography tour ~ thanks, carol, xo

Jim said...

Great collection of photos.

Jeanne Baney said...

All the places I would love to see in person! Love the golden yellow sky!

maryaustria said...

What a wondeful landscape! Great shots!

Laura said...

such a wonderful series Nora, places I'd love to visit someday! I Heart Macro is still open if you'd like to share on my blog as well:-)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a beautiful spot. I would dearly love to visit there one day. Just beautiful.

Laura said...

Hooray! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

Splendid Little Stars said...

What spectacular photos!
I would love to visit those places!

ladyfi said...

So many amazing photos.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Breathtaking views!! Enjoy!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Betty Luckhurst said...

I'm loving your locations, such wonderful scenery! Good luck with the huge task of narrowing down the next book location.

Gillena Cox said...

they are a great bunch pics; thank you for sharing and have a nice Wednesday


much love...

Noel Morata said...

Gorgeous country side, I love seeing those church ruins, such majesty in this state

I'm inviting you to come link up with us for Travel Photo Mondays- the link runs the whole week starting on Mondays - hope you can make it

MaiThreeBoyz said...

I love the images of Grasmere! What a beautiful place.

Annesphamily said...

Beautiful photos. Such an interesting post. Thank you always for sharing.