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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!


Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Did You Hear the One about the Mystery Writers at a Conference? by K.M. Rockwood

Marie, Joyce, and Helen shared a room in the main hotel for an international mystery conference. They were booked into a big room on the sixtieth floor.

On Friday evening, they piled into their rental car to try out a famous restaurant across town.

When they got back, they discovered that the electricity had gone out and that the hotel was operating on emergency generators, which was not enough to power the elevators.

After a brief discussion, they decided that they were young and healthy, so they would climb the stairs to their room rather than wait for the power to come back on.

To distract themselves from the tedious climb, each would tell a story for twenty flights of stairs.

Marie was a cozy writer. She wove a comfortable tale of the murder of a local politician. Floresatina, the protagonist, owned a flower shop next to the courthouse. She clashed with the detective in charge of the case. After foolishly putting herself in danger, she uncovered the murderer, who gloatingly confessed as he prepared to kill her. Marie wrapped up all the hanging threads of the story and the detective came to appreciate Floresatina’s abilities, although he strongly cautioned her about the dangers of repeating such stunts. At the closing, the two of them had entered into a budding romantic relationship and the path was laid for further adventures. The climbing writers were relaxed and appreciative, barely noticing the passing floors.

Joyce, who wrote psychological thrillers, told of a serial murderer who stalked and kidnapped women in a small town, setting the entire populace on edge. No one knew who would be next, but it was pretty evident that the slaughter would continue until the killer was stopped. Accusations and mistrusts abounded, creating a great deal of animosity. By the time the murderer, a mild-mannered minister, was uncovered, several women had been killed, numerous families had been torn apart and the townspeople eyed one another with suspicion. As the writers climbed, they were looking over their shoulders, ears alert for echoing footsteps, and approaching each floor’s fire door with trepidation.

Helen’s legal novels featured Clinton Travers, a complex character with a multi-faceted life. The plots were multi-leveled with layers of blackmail, jealousy and financial shenanigans. Several believable suspects for the murder were presented, including the one who ultimately hired Clinton to defend him/herself. The stories culminated in a courtroom scene where a clever legal twist employed by Clinton allowed justice to prevail, often with the guilty party blurting out a confession. In the grand tradition of Perry Mason, Helen’s stories often revolved around a tragic occurrence depicted in the opening paragraphs.

When they reached the fortieth floor and it was Helen’s turn, she paused on the landing and faced her fellow authors. “I’ll begin with a disastrous confession,” she said. “I left the key card to the room down in the car.”

16 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

I guess wrong. I expected them to discover on the sixtieth floor they had had a bit too much to drink and went back to the wrong hotel.

Kait said...

Hilarious, and oh so believable!

Molly MacRae said...

Nice illustration of mystery genres with a fun twist ending. Thanks for the first laugh of the day, K.M.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Hilarious! and believable.

E. B. Davis said...

Maria grabbed poisonous flowers from her handbag and thrust them into Helen's face. Joyce revealed a side of her personality she used to create serial killers when a knife appeared in her hand, which she pressed against Helen's neck. Helen's own legal loopholes wrapped around her neck,too. Helen should have stalled and found a maid with a master key before revealing her folly. Perhaps she could convince them to revise the scene and escape with only embarrassment.

J.C. Kenney said...

Loved it! Made me laugh out loud.

Susan said...

I am still laughing out loud!

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks, everybody. It was fun to write!

Great enhancements, E.B.

Kaye George said...

Love it! Poor Helen. I really feel for her, because I know I could BE her. Except for making it up 40 fights to begin with.

Jennifer J. Chow said...

Great story! Thanks, KM!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Enjoyed your story, Kathleen. Thanks for sharing it.

Mary Garrett said...

Nooooo! Ultimate test of friendship. Thanks for a fun story!

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Hilarious! I could see it happening (except making it up the stairs)

Eve said...

Terrific. I enjoyed it.

marlinort said...
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marlinort said...

So funny! I didn't see the twist at the end coming.