Santa Lucia Who’s Who, Part 1

Cover Hi ResHi there, guys & dolls!  Here’s a little primer to some of my friends in Santa Lucia!

Daphne Huntington-Smythe — fun loving and spontaneous California golden girl in her mid-20’s, with sun-kissed blonde curls & blue eyes, always on the go with dinner dates, social events & Sunday afternoons at the Yacht Club.  Somehow still finds time to do her job as accessories buyer and part owner of Poppy Cove with aplomb.

Margot Williams — recent resident, Margot made fast friends with Daphne & became the designer & dressmaker partner of Poppy Cove.  Also in her mid-20’s, she’s the more contemplative of the two with sleek brown hair & a slim yet curvy figure with a passion for fine silks, linens & tropical wools.  Her tastes run to jazz & classical music & enjoys her leisure time with Tom, her boyfriend of two years, who just happens to be Santa Lucia’s top Police Detective.

Loretta Simpson — Santa Lucia Times’ Society Editor.  Quick as a bird, Loretta’s all over town, catching the scoop on all the Do’s our little berg has to offer.  Originally from Vermont, Loretta moved from a stint in Los Angeles & quickly became Santa Lucia’s answer to Hedda Hopper.

Nancy Lewis — born & bred local banker’s wife & influential social climber know for her famous public rivalry with Constance Stearns-Montgomery, who was found strangled with her silk scarf.  Nancy spends much of her time scheming to get what she feels she is due in life & making sure her three daughters keep in line.

Irene Swanson — young woman with a past as a Hollywood wildcat, Irene was moved out of the city by her parents to live with her grandmother, where she still finds a nightlife worth sneaking out for.  A voluptuous & vivacious twenty-two year old raven haired beauty with a quick wit that charms as much as it barbs & head for figures, makes a savvy store manager & live model for Poppy Cove.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know some of our residents.  More next week.


Barbara Jean

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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2 Responses to Santa Lucia Who’s Who, Part 1

  1. Ann says:

    I stopped by your blog today.


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