Right before Thanksgiving, two friends and I went on a mini-book tour of Richmond, TX, the setting of Bailey’s Law. We decided to check out a couple of haunts that Jack visited in the book.
Our first stop was The Lone Star Saloon, which is described in Chapter 13. Jack’s had a bad day, fed up with the case he’s working as well as the never-ending heat, and figures he’ll stop at the saloon on his way home for a couple beers and a burger. After he’s settled in, Denise Williams walks through the door, joins him, and they have a good conversation with a secret or two revealed.
In our scenario, the weather’s sunny and beautiful. Not many people in the place, and we’re warmly greeted by a waitress who introduces us to the owner, Bev L. She was excited to receive a copy of Bailey’s Law, and happy the Lone Star is mentioned in the book. We ate a delicious lunch, and Bev enjoyed telling the history of the saloon and showing us pictures.
We said our goodbye’s and headed for the historical court house building and took several pictures. Then on to the police station, another of Richmond’s iconic buildings, where we spotted their pet memorial garden, honoring the K-9’s who were used in service to the officers.
We met a very amiable officer named Lowell N., who happily accepted a copy of Bailey’s Law. He indicated it was a slow afternoon, right before the holiday, and he’d start reading the book immediately. (He emailed me the next day, saying how much he enjoyed the book.)
The Soda Shoppe, another old town treasure, was closed, much to our disappointment, but we enjoyed driving around more of the town, and ending our day at Clancy’s Pub. This eatery is found later in the book when Jack and his colleague, Moose, stop in for a pint and a burger.
The staff at the pub is welcoming, enjoyed chatting with us, and said how cool it is to actually “be in a book.”
It’s a special treat to reach out to people who reside in the setting of one’s book. I highly recommend it!
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