Once upon a time, I had a chance to listen to best-selling author Anne Perry talk about research.  She said, and I'm paraphrasing here, If you're writing a story set in a sewer, you can do your research on the internet, but if you're writing a story set in Venice, you can fly to Italy and claim it on your taxes as a business expense.

So I've been looking for a location somewhere in the northwest corner of New Jersey to use as the setting for a certain short story.  In this context, I'm not sure whether New Jersey is Italy or the sewer, but I did find the location that I need for this little tale of murder.  I started my research online, but when I found what I was looking for, I knew I had to log off the computer and see for myself.  So, late this afternoon, I took a little ride, just about a hundred miles round trip.  The location is perfect.  The story will be in the mail within the next couple of days.

Really, could there be a better place to set a murder mystery than on Shades of Death Road?

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