Gwen Madden gives Death on a Dig a thumbs up

I heard from Gwen Madden today. She’s read her copy of Death on a Dig and said, “I like it.” That’s it. She liked it.

Death on a Dig by Lois Browne, cover

You might think that she’ld have a stronger opinion about a book that’s all about her adventures, but I’m not really surprised. I’ve known her for years and she rarely shows her enthusiasm.

And before I go any further, she says the street scene on the header isn’t really like the zocalo in Death on a Dig. She sent me a few pictures which I’ll share. Here’s a street scene she took in El Matorral.

 

Mexico street scene, plants hanging from roof

This is a photo of a back street of El Matorral that Gwen Madden took while she was there.

Burro with milk cans, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The contrast between modern ways and the old ways is very sharp, says Gwen, but people never change.

Flowers through archway in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende

Flowers are everywhere, she says. Such loveliness and such a contrast to what happened to her in Death on a Dig.

Gwen said she loved roaming the back streets of every Mexican town she visited. They were almost always beautiful and peaceful.

I asked about her daughters (thank god she’s got over explaining to people that they’re actually her step-daughters. I never understood why she did that). They’re doing well and she’s surprised they’re so much more supportive of what she’s doing now than when she first told them.

I think that happens to a lot of young adults when it suddenly hits them that if their parents don’t find someone to share their lives with, their children will have to pick up the slack.

I didn’t say so, of course. Instead, I asked her to tell me exactly what she is doing now, but she got secretive. She promised to let me know if it turned into anything I could write about, so keep tuned.

In the meantime, here are a couple more of the photos she took when she was in Mexico.

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