The Characters, Murder at the Bijou

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It’s hump day and I needed a boost to get me through the rest of the week.  I avoid midweek posts, but I thought this might give me the lift I need.  When this song popped into my head (again) I knew I had to share.  Because I’m getting ready, ready, ready for the takeoff!  What I mean is the launch of Murder at the Bijou, Three Ingredients-I.

It’s a Roaring Twenties culinary mystery.  It was spontaneously written as a “pantser” serial here at this blog.  Everything, event, and character in the story was inspired by things or ingredients the readers of this blog sent.  Now, as I’m closer and closer to takeoff I wanted to show you my concept of the characters.

Studebaker blue 1920s

Cast of Characters

PipBlue Lucille Ball Stage Door Trailer


The Three Things
gave us Pip (Paisley Idelle Peabody), the narrator of both story-lines. I was so fond of Pip, a flapper…

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The Utica, Chenango & Susquehanna Valley Railroad

The Utica, Chenango & Susquehanna Valley Railroad was organized in 1866 and came under the Lackawanna in 1870. Inclusion of the Greene Railroad Company linked up this road with the Syracuse route at Chenango Forks. As well as providing an important link, it also put the Lackawanna in the resort business. The branch to Richfield Springs was on Canadarago Lake and tourist trains now ran from Hoboken. The Utica-Binghamton line was a big dairy carrier and solid milk trains ran until the late 1940’s. Army reservists also used this line up to the 50’s to travel from New Jersey to Utica then over the New York Central’s St. Lawrence Division to Camp Drum near Watertown.

Scranton Division, Utica Branch

Station Mile Note
Chenango Forks 11.1
Willard’s 12.0
Greene 19.2
Brisben 25.0
Coventry 28.5
Oxford 33.1
Haynes 36.5
Norwich 41.3 Ontario & Western
Galena 46.9
Sherburne 52.4
Earlville 57.5
Poolville 60.0
Hubbardsville 64.2
North Brookfield 68.0
Sangerfield 72.4
Waterville 73.7
Paris 77.9
Richfield Junction 81.7 Richfield Springs Branch
Clayville 83.9
Sauquoit 85.9
Chadwicks 87.3
Washington Mills 89.9
New Hartford 91.1
West Utica 94.0
Utica 95.2 NYC Union Station