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April Interviews













4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars


Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green


WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson

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WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.


Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!


KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.


Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Oh, Sweet Mysteries of Life



Last winter, after returning home from a particularly brutal physical therapy session, I found a box addressed to me on my doorstep. Inside were packages of lavender bath salts—six pounds worth.

I looked in the box for a card or receipt but found nothing. I asked my husband, but he hadn’t bought the bath salts.

The next day, four boxes of tea arrived. Again, without a card.

Puzzled, I called the company that sent both packages, but it was against their policy to divulge the sender’s name. I asked if it was a promotional gift. The customer service rep said they might send out small samples of bath salts, but not six pounds.

Being appropriately suspicious, I checked my credit cards and credit report to make sure someone wasn’t trying to create identity theft. Everything was fine. (Whew)

It seems I had a…da, da, da…mystery. What would Nancy Drew do?

First, I made a list of suspects. To my surprise and delight it was rather long.

I needed to narrow it down. It was probably someone who knew that I was tired of the bitter cold winter, my muscles were sore, and that I was having trouble sleeping since the bath salts were specifically for those problems.

To my embarrassment, I realized it could be just about anyone because (lowering my head in shame) I was a whiner.

So, I focused on the suspects who had the means, motive, and opportunity.

Was the perp my lovely niece? No, she was in medical school and strapped for cash. But was she in cahoots with my mother-in-law who did have money? They have made a formidable gift giving team in the past.

Perhaps it was my friend in Florida who had suggested that I visit and warm up at her beach house?

Or, could it have been a good friend who lives in England? I wavered. She was on a gift giving spree, but usually she ships her own packages that have "Royal Mail" stamped on the side instead of going through a company. Also, her modus operandi is to send chocolate in the shape of high heeled shoes and hedgehog tchotchkes.

After making several inquiries, with everyone denying responsibility, I was back to square one. Also, I was a little embarrassed for putting people on the spot. One friend laughed and asked if she should send bath salts and tea in the future.

At that point I realized that not all mysteries are meant to be solved. Some are simply meant to be enjoyed. While I’ve officially classified this as a cold case, I’m left with a warm feeling of gratitude for the generous sender who took the time and effort to send such a thoughtful gift.

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

7 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

I am fortunate to have no unsatisfied material needs, and I’m simply glad to be able to enjoy the season.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

We were planning on going to Hatteras on Wednesday for the holiday, but a friend is having an operation on Tuesday, and we ran into other unforeseen problems. We bagged the idea. The forecast now predicts heavy snow on our area for Wednesday. I'm thankful we won't be traveling!

I love unexplained happenings whether the delivery of chocolate shoes (!) or the sighting of the Loch Ness Monster. For a writer, they all are springboards for plots.

Kara Cerise said...

Jim, I'm also grateful to have a roof over my head and food in the fridge. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the holiday rush and take these basic things for granted. Thank you for the reminder.

Kara Cerise said...

I hope your friend has a successful surgery and a quick recovery, E.B.

A snowstorm and Thanksgiving travel is a bad combination. It's a good thing that you are staying home!

Gloria Alden said...


Kara, what a delightful mystery. Someday someone may drop a clue, maybe nothing more than a little smile that gives him/her away. You don't have a secret admirer, do you???? Anyway, it was a warm happy mystery to have happen. Enjoy it.

KM Rockwood said...

Yes, some things should remain a mystery!

I's thankful that my life is so much better (and longer, even if I do have some chronic health issues) that 99.9% of the people who have ever existed on this planet.

Kara Cerise said...

Gloria, I am fairly certain that I don't have a secret admirer:) I plan to enjoy the tea and bath salts during the upcoming snowstorm.

KM, you have a wonderful way of looking at life. Perspective is everything!