by Ollie Paras
from Julie Hyzy's White House Chef Mystery series
Have you heard the news? I'm an amateur sleuth! And all this time I thought I was just the White House executive chef. Sure, I've helped the Secret Service out a few times. Saved the First Family, a diplomat, and a few other people... yeah... but does that make me an amateur sleuth?
I guess it does because right now, Jen Forbus is sponsoring a "Best Amateur Sleuth" contest and I'm in the running. Seriously! This is being run like a March Madness event and I'm excited and flattered to be included. I mean, you know who else is in there? Miss Marple. Nancy Drew. These are people I grew up reading. Hmm.... maybe that accounts for my curiosity and involvement in all things criminal. Do you think so?
I'm up against the Hardy Boys in this round - uh oh! I used to read them too, but not nearly as much as Nancy. She was my idol. The way she investigated, and stood up for all that was right. She was cool, confident, and a leader.
I'm beginning to see a pattern here. I wonder if I've been trying to emulate Nancy all this time. I'm going to have to give this some thought.
I'll tell you this much. If I were up against Nancy Drew in this contest, I'd still be asking you to vote, but not for me - FOR HER! Nancy is up against Jack Reacher this time. That'll be tough. I hope she pulls an upset and beats him.
In any case, I need to get back to investigating this new problem with Peter Everett Sargeant. Oh...ahem... I mean, I need to start working on the next State dinner ::: cough cough:::
You understand, right?
Thanks for stopping by today. If you care to vote in the Amateur Sleuth contest, here's the link: Round 2
But while you're here, answer me this... a completely different approach. If you could pick two amateur sleuths to work together solving a case, who would you pair up?
Come visit the White House in Buffalo West Wing! I'd love to see you there!