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Post by Lurker on Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:50 am

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It’s happened. You’ve finally taken that dream trip to England. You have seen Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Hyde Park. You rode in a London cab and walked all over the Tower of London. Now you’ve decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and stretch your legs in the verdant countryside of these green and pleasant lands. You’ve seen all the shows. You know what to expect. You’ll drink a pint in the sunny courtyard of a local pub. You’ll wander down charming alleyways between stone cottages. Residents will tip their flat caps at you as they bicycle along cobblestone streets. It will be idyllic.

Unless you end up in an English Murder Village. It’s easy enough to do. You may not know you are in a Murder Village, as they look like all other villages. So when you visit Womble Hollow or Shrimpling or Pickles-in-the-Woods or Nasty Bottom or Wombat-on-Sea or wherever you are going, you must have a plan. Below is a list of sensible precautions you can take on any trip to an English village. Follow them and you may just live.

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PLACES TO AVOID

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The village fête

The village fête is a fair, a celebration on the village green. They toss coconuts, judge cakes, drink tea, and whack toy rats with mallets. It’s a nice way to spend a summer’s day and thin out the local population, because where there is a fête, there is murder. If you enter a town while the fête is happening, you are already dead. The tea urn is filled with poison. The sponge cakes are full of glass. There’s an axe in the fortune telling tent. The coconuts are bombs. It’s like the Hunger Games, but dangerous.

Anywhere with a vat

In English villages, vats only exist for drowning people—in beer, in pickling brine, in whiskey, in jam. This is doubly true if the vat was built by 14th century monks. If anyone offers to show you a vat, say you need to get something from your car, then start the engine and run them over. The police understand this sort of thing. Tell them about the vat.

Places with gargoyles or statuary

Ghosts and monsters of stone. They are there to kill you.

The village church

The vicar will find your body if you venture here.

The village shop

They sell cheese, stamps, tea, and death.

The stables

How do you prefer to go: pitchforked, or stomped to death by a two-thousand-pound animal? Spoiler: it will be both.

Canopy beds

They have snakes in them.

Kitchens

No.

Attics

Join the ghosts up there, why don’t you.

Higher floors

Stay low. They can’t throw you off the balcony if you never go up the stairs.

The stairs

They are the xylophones of death.

Lower floors

Marble busts fall down, not up.

Basements

They don’t even have to dig a hole to put you in.

Bathtubs

You’re better than this.

Wells

Full of the skeletons of Victorian children and, if you are unwise, you.

The pond

Just remove water as a category.

The village green

Also land.

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PEOPLE TO AVOID

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The vicar

See previous note about the village church. When you see the vicar, run. If you are not dead yet, the vicar is obliged to kill you.

The newest resident in town

They don’t know the Old Ways yet and refuse to learn. They want to open up a Coolspa in that twee Grade Two-listed thatched cottage. They’re talking to you because no one else will talk to them. They’ll be a popsicle soon enough. Shun.

Anyone who leaves a voice mail

Do not leave voice mails if you are in a murder mystery town. It means you Know Something. Don’t leave them. Don’t hang around people who do.
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Anyone who looks out windows and sees things

Obviously.

The town doctor

The doctor has been up in everyone’s business and must die, along with anyone foolish enough to pay them a visit. You don’t need a doctor. You have the internet.

The local historian

They’ve just been looking through some old papers and found something very interesting. They’re just going to answer that knock on the door before telling the rest of the town what they found. If the historian tries to show you something, you punch them right in their dumb research-loving face and flee.

The impoverished aristocrat

Things are not great at the manor house. They’ve had to sell the lesser Turners and the staff is down to seven. They just found out what a microwave is and they are not happy about it. The poor aristocrat has just enough money to be a target and plenty of entitled rage. They are either the target of the falling bust or the one who plans on pushing it. Eat the rich.

The gardener

Their roses are perfect because of all the people under them.

The amateur astronomer

They like to go out alone at night to a remote location with a big looking-tube to look. Draw a circle around every word in that sentence that means “no”.

Birdwatchers

Birds are related to dinosaurs. Did you know that? And like the dinosaur, the birdwatcher will soon be extinct because looking.

Train enthusiasts

“Why, yes, this carriage is from the 1984 stock and has thirty seats. It used to come in from London, Waterloo Station but when they redid the tracks in 1998, why I’ll show you right here is where they connected the two, this rail right here…oh no there goes my head.”

The thespian

They quote Shakespeare in public, to children.

Anyone with a lot of bees

Oh, you walk around dressed like a fencing ghost and raise eighty thousand little killing machines? Good to meet you.

Visiting mystery novelists

You’ll make nice story meat.

The loner with a stick

This person appears in town and wanders around, laughing into a bucket and saying things like, “Aye know what ye did, ye old salty doorknob!” They will be found dead soon enough, possibly covered in bees.

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PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT ARE GENERALLY SAFE

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The pub

No one would defile the pub.

Anyone with a dog

Stick with the dogs. Dogs are angels and protect us from everything and we don’t deserve them.

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Post by nicko on Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:06 am

What all that supposed to mean ?
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Post by Original Quill on Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:10 am

nicko wrote:What all that supposed to mean ?

Do you live in a quaint village, nick? Watch your back. Laughing

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Post by nicko on Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:46 pm

No, I live in the country, on the edge of a small town.I lean over a Five bar Gate wearing a Smock and chewing a sprig of Corn !
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Post by Original Quill on Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:57 pm

nicko wrote:No, I live in the country, on the edge of a small town.I lean over a Five bar Gate wearing a Smock and chewing a sprig of Corn !

You sound like a potential victim to me. Watch your back, or the quaint village thugs will get you.

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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:50 am

Nah, they'd have to get passed a couple of Barrels of Buckshot first !
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Post by Lurker on Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:17 pm

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nicko wrote:No, I live in the country, on the edge of a small town.I lean over a Five bar Gate wearing a Smock and chewing a sprig of Corn !

You sound like a potential victim to me.  Watch your back, or the quaint village thugs will get you.

lol! lol! lol!

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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:19 pm

What you laughing about ? your easily amused aren't you ?
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Post by Original Quill on Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:33 pm

nicko wrote:  What you laughing about ? your easily amused aren't you ?

Ever see a turkey run?

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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:39 pm

Yes, I shot a few as well !
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Post by Original Quill on Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:59 pm

nicko wrote: Yes, I shot a few as well !

Was it your cousin, or auntie Mae?

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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:49 pm

????????????????? !
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Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:41 pm

It's just that so many charming murder mysteries have been set in quaint English villages. It's taking the piss out of that mystery subgenre, that's all.

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Post by Original Quill on Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:32 am

Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple haunt the moors, nearby a quaint English village.

The vicar did it. Laughing

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Post by 'Wolfie on Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:51 am

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Anbody who's ever seen those British police shows know only too well that those quiet little country villages and university towns are havens for murderers and ne'er-do-wells... 

Inspector Morse, Father Brown Mysteries, Miss Marple, Hamish Macbeth, Vera, Shetland, Midsommer Murders, Broadchurch,  etc. etc. etc..

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Post by Cass on Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:11 am

I read this the other day. What a hoot. Highly recommend the book The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley. Great read. My library patrons cannot get enough of British Crime series.

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Post by nicko on Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:43 am

I am now getting a bit worried to leave my House, unless accompanied by my Pit Bull !
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