By Nora Vasconcelos
For years and years I’ve been reading on the city trains and busses while commuting to and from work but it’s been until recently when I’ve realized how amazing its the ability of our minds to travel free to faraway places while reading a book in a confine crowded book.
For the past month, I’ve been reading a book places in New Orleans, I city I’ve been lucky enough to have visited, enjoyed and in the end loved, thanks to its colorful architecture, its delicious food, its some times melancholic and some many other times lively music and its unique people.
The image of this city that remain in my memory have been getting more and more alive while going through the pages of this mystery book called Murder in a minor key, which is part of the series of books Murder She wrote by the fictional author Jessica Fletcher (main character of the old TV series under the same title) and her writing partner in real life, Donald Bain.
It doesn’t matter how crowded, uncomfortable or noise the bus/train is, my mind is happily wandering around the streets of New Orleans (with the constant risk of missing my stop), seeing the places that are referred to, listening to the magical sounds that come from the jazz performers and enjoying all those delicious smells that come from the family kitchens and the restaurants.
As the parade continues on Bourbon Street and the suspense rises at a funeral home, I’m a few pages away from finishing the book and I have to say, I don’t have the finest idea who the guilty part could be.
Of course, I can’t wait to see how the story develops at the end, but, as the big mystery-book fan as I am, I’m not willing to ruin the excitement of learning all the secrets to come by advancing fast with my reading. On the contrary, I’m patiently waiting to discover, page by page, all the mysteries that are to come, and of course, enjoying my last imaginary days in New Orleans (while traveling on the bus/train), while Mrs. Fletcher is still there.