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Josh Miller, of Shenandoah Junction, chats with mystery book author Wendy H. Jones, right, during Jones’s book signing at Four Seasons Books on Saturday afternoon. Tabitha johnston

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The first stop on her first tour of the United States took mystery book author Wendy H. Jones to Four Seasons Books on Saturday afternoon for a book chat and book signing.

After leaving her home in Dundee, Scotland for the book’s six-week tour, Jones said she was eager to return as she finds a lot of inspiration in her home country.

“I’ve been to the United States twice this year, but I have to stay in Scotland to write a few books,” Jones said, before pointing out the tartan belt she was wearing. “My last name ‘Jones’ is from Wales, but my clan is ‘McLaren’. ‘Lawson’ is my mother’s maiden name. There are a number of tartan patterns for each clan – this is the old McLaren tartan pattern.

While Jones has said this is her first book tour of the United States, she has visited the country several times before. In January, she was in Miami, Florida. However, his stop in Shepherdstown ticked another box on his checklist for world travel.

“I’ve never been to West Virginia before,” Jones said, mentioning that she enjoyed visiting the United States because of its climate. “I love the States – you don’t get much sun in Scotland.”

Jones wrote books for children to adults. However, she mainly talked about the first book in her DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries series, “Killer’s Countdown”, during her book signing, as all of her other books were still crossing the Atlantic Ocean to catch up with her on an upcoming travel destination. tour.

“This series is part of the black tartan genre,” Jones said, citing her careers as a nurse, educator, editor and member of the Royal Navy and British Army informing her writing. “Crime literature is Scotland’s second biggest export – we have a lot of Scottish crime writers who are huge overseas. We are very down to earth in Scotland, and like a good mystery.

As she ran her stand in the bookstore, Jones’ charisma and charming brogue drew many to chat with her – and often resulted in the purchase of an autographed copy of her book.

“I don’t usually read detective novels, but it sounds like a good one,” said Josh Miller, of Shenandoah Junction, who bonded with Jones over their common Scottish heritage. “I read books in a few days, so in about a week, [my book’s] going to have a crease on the front of the reading.

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